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Islamic Cleric Arrested for ‘Distributing Poisonous Akara’ to Lagos Beggars

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Mohammed Yusuf, a 50 year-old islamic cleric and his 18 year-old daughter, Salamat, have been arrested for allegedly distributing poisonous “akara” to beggars in Lagos state.

The duo were arraigned before a Tinubu Magistrate court in Lagos on Tuesday for conspiracy and attempted murder.

Police said the offence was committed on August 5 at about 2pm at Offin Street, Balogun, Lagos Island.

“The Muslim cleric sent his daughter to give the beggars, near the mosque, the bean-cakes, but when one of them (the beggars) opened the bean-cake, he found needles in the middle,” Prosecuting Counsel Barrister Ben Ekunday said.

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“Other beggars were notified; one of them, who knew the daughter and the school where she worked, led them there and she was apprehended. She also led them to her father,” he added.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges and the Magistrate, Mr Ade Adefulire, admitted them to bail in the sum of N500, 000, with two sureties each in like sum.

He also adjourned the trial to September 29.

News Agency of Nigeria

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