We’re not B/Haram – Zaria sus­pects fam­ily

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Fam­ily mem­bers of the 10 sus­pects ar­rested by the Po­lice in Dog­a­rawa, Sabon Gari, Zaria, yes­ter­day said they are not mem­bers of the Boko Haram sect but Mus­lims who were sacked by the Niger state gov­ern­ment in 2009.

The Zaria po­lice area com­man­der, Muham­mad D. Shehu, had ex­clu­sively dis­closed the ar­rest to Daily Trust, say­ing that the sus­pects were in Darul Is­lam in Niger state and when they were sacked, they re­lo­cated to Sam­bisa for­est be­fore mov­ing to Zaria.

How­ever, when our cor­re­spon­dent traced the house of the sus­pects at Dog­a­rawa, a 20-year-old son of one of the ar­rested sus­pects, Ma­lik Bn Muham­mad Bn Adam who spoke on be­half of the fam­i­lies, said they were not mem­bers of Boko Haram.

Adam said the fam­i­lies were part of those that were dis­lodged from the Darul Is­lam set­tle­ment in Niger state.

He told Daily Trust, “When we were sacked, you know that the gov­ern­ment has asked every fam­ily to men­tion his place of ori­gin. We are in­di­genes of Zaria; hence we were al­lowed to set­tle here. We bought a land and built this house, and as you can see there is noth­ing to sug­gest that we are Boko Haram. We have been liv­ing year for the past seven years.

“Our neigh­bours here were the ones that re­ported to the po­lice, largely be­cause we don’t in­ter­fere in any­body’s busi­ness.

We usu­ally mind our own busi­ness and the neigh­bours here are not com­fort­able with that. We are Mus­lims that fol­low the teach­ings of the Qur’an and Sunna of the Prophet (SAW). We go to Western schools and gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals.”

Some of the wives of those ar­rested, Sadiya Bintu Al­hadar, Bara’atu Bintu Ya­haya and Maryam Bintu Yunus, said the po­lice had on Tues­day, June 28, 2016, brought their hus­bands to the house for search.

“Af­ter the search, they went back with them to Kaduna. Our hus­bands were ar­rested on Wed­nes­day, June 22, 2016 about 8:20pm af­ter the Isha’i prayers. Af­ter they had fin­ished their prayers, armed po­lice­men sur­rounded the mosque and ar­rested eight per­sons. The fol­low­ing day, two per­sons went to Zaria po­lice head­quar­ters to con­firm why the eight per­sons were ar­rested; the two of them were also de­tained.

“We are call­ing on the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned to re­lease our hus­bands and sons, be­cause we are not mem­bers of Boko Haram. Any­body that wants to see or mon­i­tor our ac­tiv­i­ties, he is free to do so,” Maryam Bintu Yunus said. The Univer­sity Col­lege Hos­pi­tal (UCH), Ibadan, has com­mis­sioned its pur­pose­built molec­u­lar di­ag­nos­tic cen­tre, the first of its kind in West Africa.

Speak­ing at the cer­e­mony in Ibadan yes­ter­day, the Chief Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor (CMD) of UCH, Pro­fes­sor Temi­tope Alonge, said the mil­lion-naira com­plex, equipped with six standard size med­i­cal lab­o­ra­to­ries and of­fice spa­ces, was put in place with sup­port from an oc­to­ge­nar­ian and indigenous phi­lan­thropist, Al­haji Nu­rudeen Akanji Oluwa­sola, in re­sponse to the clar­ion call from the hos­pi­tal for pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ship (PPP) in the health­care de­liv­ery, to stem the tide of med­i­cal tourism abroad.

The CMD said the newly com­mis­sioned Spe­cial Di­ag­nos­tic Cen­tre has the capacity for pre­ven­tive and clin­i­cal di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices as well as state-of-the-art re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties in Kary­oty­op­ing (Sex de­ter­mi­na­tion); Molec­u­lar on­col­ogy (Solid tu­mour mu­ta­tion panel); Hae­ma­toon­col­ogy (Flow cy­tom­e­try to eval­u­ate lym­pho­pro­lif­er­a­tive dis­eases); and HPV geno­typ­ing (for screen­ing women for risk of cer­vi­cal can­cer).

Some fam­ily mem­bers of the ten sus­pects ar­rested by the po­lice in Dog­a­rawa, Sabon Gari, Zaria yes­ter­day

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