Stories by Ahmed Ajikobi
The Kwara State Police command has arrested a suspected notorious cultist, Hakeem Afolabi in Ilorin, the state capital last Saturday.
Pilot Crime learnt that the suspect, popularly known as ‘17’ was arrested at Agbo-Oba area of Ilorin, where he was hanging out.
Afolabi is reportedly the second-in-command to a cultist, popularly called ‘Indomie’ in the Eiye confraternity within the metropolis.
According to a police source, the suspect, who had been on the wanted list of the police, was arrested by the operation anti – cultism police officers following a tip off.
“After the arrest he was taken to “B” Divisional police station at Surulere for interrogation. He was later handed over to the state Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department of the state command for discreet investigation,” the source explained.
He added that the suspect, who is cooling his feet in police net, is assisting investigation into cult related crimes in the state.
Efforts to get reaction of the state Police Public Relations Officer on the development proved abortive as calls and text messages sent to his mobile phones were not responded to as at the time of filing this report.
…nabs man for N0.6m fraud
The Kwara State Police Command has nabbed one Abdulahi Akintola for allegedly defrauding a trader, Abdulsalam Sarat of the sum of N677,000 in Ilorin, penultimate Tuesday.
Akintola of Ile Elja Owode area, Abeokuta, Ogun State was said to have been arrested at Mandate Market in Ilorin, from where he operated alongside his accomplices simply identified as Akeem, Lekan and Jibola.
According to a police source, “The victim had boarded a cab from Taiwo, heading towards University of Ilorin Mini campus in Ilorin when she encountered the notorious fraudsters.
“The victim was hypnotised by the criminals, who claimed to be in possession of bags of dollar notes. They collected N477,000 from her and after that the suspects made calls to the victim to come to mandate market with another N200,000.
“When the victim came back to her senses, she reported the case at the Area Commander’s office. This led to the arrest of the suspect.
” Akintola confessed to the crime and revealed identities of his accomplices who are now at large. He revealed that they belong to a group of fraudsters who specialise in using charm to swindle innocent people,” source added.
The source said the suspect is undergoing interrogation and would be charged to court soon.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, said he was yet to be briefed on the matter.