Vigilante Commander in charge of Adeta Zone, Ilorin, Abdulfatai Kadir has been disowned by the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), Kwara State Command.
Kadir, popularly known as Adedoyin, was among the eight suspects arrested by the police for being in possession of human skulls in Ilorin, penultimate week.
Speaking with Pilot Crime on the development at the state command headquarters in Ilorin, the state Commandant and Seriki Ndaji of Ilorin, Alhaji AbdulRaheem Jimoh claimed that the suspect is not an operative in his command.
The vigilante boss who said his men are well disciplined, added that there is a proper monitoring mechanism to put them in check.
According to him, the suspect is a member of an Action Vigilante and not Vigilante Group of Nigeria.
“Our group, VGN is recognised all over the country and by the Nigeria Police Force because we work with them.
“Our men work with police to fight against kidnapping, killings and exhuming of corpse. We even deployed our men to the Muslims cemetery to secure the place; two at daytime and four at night.
“Our monitoring teams always patrol to check on all operatives deployed to different areas in the state to ensure that they are carrying out their jobs accordingly,” he explained.
However, a neighbour of the arrested vigilante leader, who does not want his name in print because of the sensitivity of the case, expressed surprise over his arrest.
Speaking to our reporter in Adeta on Friday, he said it was Kadir that reported the nefarious activities of the principal suspect, Azeez Yakubu aka Baba Muri at the Adewole Police Station.
“It was based on this that the police carried out investigation, which led to the arrest of Yakubu’s wife and others at Ile Opa residence, Aromaradu area of Ilorin. But, we are surprised that the police came to arrest Kadir in connection with the case,’ he added.
In his reaction to the development, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Jimoh Moshood revealed that the principal suspect in his confessional statement implicated the vigilante commander in the crime.
He said Yakub confessed that it was Kadir that introduced him to the business and also supplied human skulls.
“Eleven (11) Human skulls were recovered from his possession during police search in his residence. The principal suspect confessed that Abdulfatai Kadri has brought to him Twenty (20) human skulls that he exhumed from the Ilorin community central burial ground situated afterEid-praying ground in Ilorin, Kwara State.
“He further admitted that Abdulfatai Kadri a.k.a (Adedoyin) usually brings in the human heads to him in batches of Four (4), six (6), Eight (8) for safe keeping and usually collect them within a day or two, and also informed him of the personalities in Ilorin and others he usually supply the heads to,” the PPRO added.
It would be recalled that The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) last Wednesday paraded eight suspects allegedly responsible for kidnapping, murder, ritual killings and exhuming dead bodies.
The suspects were also alleged to have been removing and trading in human skull and other human body parts in Ilorin, Kwara state by the Force spokesman, DCP Jimoh Moshood.
Moshood said during a search operation, eleven human skulls, some pieces of human bones, human hairs, and powder suspected to be grinded human bones and charms were recovered.
He said working on actionable intelligence from public-spirited individuals in the area, Police swung into action, obtained search warrant and moved into the house of one Azeez Yakub of No. 20 Ile Opa Adeta Compound, Ilorin.
He said further investigations by the Special Team of the IGP Monitoring Unit led to the arrest of Seven other suspects, Azeez Yakub, Abdulrasaq Babamale, Aishat Yunisa, Lukman Saka, Ahmed Yahaya, Abdulfatai Kadri a.k.a (Adedoyin) – Vigilante Commander, Adeta Zone, Ilorin, Soliu Ayinde a.k.a Baba Fawasi, and Abdulganiyu Bamidele.
He said the suspects confessed and admitted to have sold thirty one (31) human heads to some personalities in Ilorin and other towns in Kwara State and beyond.