Crime

Alleged Rituals: Police debunk invasion of Adewole division by soldiers

 

By Ahmed Ajikobi

The Kwara State Police Command yesterday debunked the speculations of Adewole divisional police station being ransacked by soldiers over allegation that the premises was being used for rituals.
The rumour was denounced through a press statement issued by the state Commissioner of Police, Ado Lawan and signed by the Command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ajayi Okasanmi.
According to reports, a child of one army officer was said to have been kidnapped recently and taken to the station for ritual purposes.
Lawan in the statement however discredit the report adding that the police would have ignored the rumour but for the concerns shown by the public who believes rightly that such could never happen in the command.
“The Command is using this medium to debunk such rumours as a figment of the imagination of the bearers. The Command’s statutory duty is to protect lives and property of the citizens, prevent, detect, apprehend and prosecute offenders and that we shall hold tightly to.”
Lawan however reassured Kwara residents of their safety at all times, while also enjoining them to go about their lawful businesses without fear.
The police commissioner also wished residents of the state a happy independence anniversary celebration.
Recall that rumour of the Adewole police station being used a ritualists den generated uproar in the state capital as some members of the public alleged that men of the division were arresting unsuspecting people and subsequently taken them to an abode in the area for ritual purpose.
It was further alleged that the policemen after the arrest normally kill and sell the victims in parts to their ‘clients,’ a development which reportedly led to the invasion of the police station by soldiers at the weekend.
Another resident of the state was also said to have put a call through to an employee of this medium, yesterday, raising the alarm that Adewole police station had been locked but when our reporter sent a colleague to check at the police station, the rumour was instantly debunked.

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