Minna - Eight leaders of the radical Islamic sect, Madinatu Muheenu Hamdallah, recently dislodged from Lapai in Niger State, have been arraigned at a Minna Magistrates’ Court.
They are facing a two-count charge of operating illegal Islamic school and preaching without licence.
The accused are Mohammed Abubakar, Musa Hamza, Yusuf Usman, Aliyu Mohammed, Abubakar Hamza, Umaru Mohammed, Alfa Mohammed and Aliyu Abubakar.
Niger State Solicitor, Suleiman Buhari, said the sect leaders were arraigned for unlawful preaching and illegal operation of Islamic school in the state.
"They are brought before the court on a two-count charge under Section 23 of the Islamic Preaching Law of the state for operating illegal Islamic school and preaching without licence from the relevant authority.
"The offences are punishable under the same section of the Islamic preaching laws of the state.’’
The solicitor also said the Department of State Service (DSS) was investigating how the accused persons got huge sums of money in their bank accounts.
He held that it was necessary for the DSS to investigate the source of the funds because of prevailing security situation in the country.
The defence counsel, Aliyu Ebo, prayed the court to grant the accused persons bail, saying the offence attracts bail.
The Magistrate, Maimuna Abubakar, however, refused to grant them bail and ordered the accused to be remanded in Minna Prison.
Abubakar said this would allow the DSS to complete investigations in respect of their accounts in various banks.
The matter was adjourned to July 30 for further hearing.
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