A 29-year old Plateau state’s born teacher, Lohnan Joseph, has been intercepted while trying to board a Saudi-bound flight at Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto, on Sunday.
Mr. Joseph, a christian and a former teacher at Global Kids Academy, Sokoto, was said to have joined the screening line of Zamfara State intending pilgrims, who were about to board a flight bound for Saudi Arabia in the early hours of Sunday.
Speaking to newsmen, Zamfara State’s commissioner of Environment and one of the state’s Hajj officials, Mukhtari Lugga, who was among the people that spotted and consequently intercepted the suspect, said ,”Joseph just came from nowhere and join their line during their screening exercise.
“He was easily identified as an alien among them because he was not wearing uniform.
“This was what drew our attention to him and we quickly notified the police who came and picked him up for interrogation.”
Found in his possession were, 40 pieces of 10,000 France Franc, eight pieces of 5,000 France Franc, one pieces of 1,000 France Franc and N610 in different denominations as well as his personal belongings and credentials concealed inside a black bag.
When asked why he joined the line of pilgrims boarding flight as a Christian, Mr. Joseph said ” I am a Nigerian, so I don’t believe in discrimination, whether you are a christian or Muslim”.
He also said that he wanted to be like Herbert Macaulay, whom he read had travelled to London amidst difficulties .
He later turned up to say that his mission was not to travel but only to visit the airport and come back.
On why he was holding foreign currency, Joseph who was dressed in long-slip white shirt and a black trouser said all the money belongs to his sister, who was a business woman and billed to return them after coming back from the airport.
While parading the suspect, Sokoto state’s Commissioner of Police, Shu’aibu Gambo, said the suspect was intercepted at around 9 am, as he attempted to join the screening line of Zamfara states’ pilgrims.
According to Mr. Gambo, when interrogated, Mr. Joseph said he wanted to go to London and had mentioned names of some people as his accomplices.
Mr. Gambo said that, his men would go after the people with a view to establishing their true mission.
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i hope the police will return his money back to him. we no wan hear say the money don lost o.
i have not seen any change in the nigerian police in any form, as far as im concern, they are still those corrupt group of people i use to know, u might think that what i said earlier is not a serious matter but i meant what i said that the guys money should be intact, a friend was brutally murdered by the police who are suppose to be protecting us simply becouse he went to change his pounds into our naira, the money involved in the bribe allegation btw otedola and furuk, we were told by the police that the fund is missing so what are we talking about? or is it the police that is asking me for the sum of hundred thousand naira simply bcos a car i drive in lagos is carrying abuja number as if abuja is not part of nigeria? thank God i was able to stand my ground. charity they say begins at home, not until our corrupt leaders change their way of life, the youth will always emulate them too. i will not be suprised to hear that, the money fund on this man has been sized by the police.
Nigerian police is prick. thives ole oji
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