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Suspect accused of duping villages into demolishing 14 mosques in northern Nigeria

Abba Haruna alleged vanished after collecting roofs, windows, doors from the ‘small’ mosques in 14 villages

Ibrahim Garba Shuaibu   | 30.06.2022
Suspect accused of duping villages into demolishing 14 mosques in northern Nigeria

KANO, Nigeria

The Nigerian state government in Jigawa confirmed Thursday that a citizen duped villages into demolishing mosques after assuring them his “foreign non-profit organization NGO” would build newer, larger structures.

Abba Haruna, 21, allegedly sold items he received from the mosques in the rural state in northern Nigeria.

He allegedly vanished after collecting roofs, windows, and doors that had been removed from the “small” mosques.

An official with the state government, Abbas Rufai Wangara, said 14 mosques were affected.

A traditional ruler in one of the villages, Alhaji Usaini Wanzam Ilyasu, said Haruna paid laborers to demolish the community mosque.

Ilyasu said that the suspect requested that local building block makers begin supplying materials to the purported construction site.

But after Haruna left, he never returned.

Haruna was arrested after mosque leaders in another village he visited became suspicious and alerted authorities.

Although Haruna was charged last week, details about the crimes are now being revealed.

Haruna has yet to enter a plea and is due in court on Thursday in Kiyawa.

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