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Nigeria: Police seal shops of suspected principals over alleged murder case.

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The police have sealed the shops of five ‘principal suspects’ alleged to have masterminded the killing of Igwe Stephen Nwatu, the traditional ruler of Ogbozinne Akpugo, a community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The royal father, who was accused of ‘tyranny’ by his subjects, was beaten to death by a mob on June 11.



Our correspondent learnt that the sealed shops are located in the Alaba International Market, Lagos.

It was equally gathered that, until his death, the Igwe was at loggerheads with members of the community’s town union, most of whom are Lagos-based businessmen with shops in the Alaba International Market.

The bank accounts of the suspects were also frozen by the police.

Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, Mohammed Danmallam, who confirmed the development while addressing journalists on Thursday, said the move was part of ‘strategies’ adopted by the police towards apprehending three of the principal suspects, who were currently at large.

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Danmallam further disclosed that the police was on the trail of the fleeing suspects, including one Chijioke Okenwa, the alleged leader of the group accused of killing the traditional ruler.

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Nigerian authorities freed 450 captives in Kaduna

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Nigeria police has been commended over their role in  rescuing nearly 450 people from a building in the northern city of Kaduna where they were detained and allegedly tortured.

Those held were all men and boys – some were found chained up.

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The detainees, not all Nigerian, said they had been tortured, sexually abused, starved and prevented from leaving – in some cases for several years.

It is not clear how they got there. Some of the children told the police that their relatives had taken them there believing the building to be a Koranic school.

But the police say there is no concrete evidence to suggest that the building was ever a school.

Eight suspects have been arrested.

They were taken to a stadium in Kaduna overnight to be cared for while arrangements are made to find their families.

Nigerian authorities say the nearly 500 freed captives will be given medical and psychological examinations.

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Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe

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Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.

The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).

The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.

According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.

It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.

“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.

“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”

The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.

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