The Kwara State Police Command has listed out its operational breakthrough in crime prevention and detection in Kwara State between March and April 2022.
The Kwara state Commissioner of Police, CP Tuesday Assayomo, who was represented by the Kwara state police public relations officer, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, said this while briefing newsmen in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital on Friday.
“Consequent upon the recent reports of the activities of some criminal elements in Kwara State, particularly, cult related crimes, shop breaking and stealing, of special interest, cases of POS theft and frauds in Ilorin Metropolis and Offa axis, the CP Tuesday Assayomo psc (+) Commissioner of Police Kwara, restrategised, devised and deployed new operational methods in the State.
This method culminated in the arrest of members of different cult groups in Ilorin amongst whom are fifteen suspects that have been charged to court for various criminal offences and are presently reminded in Correctional centres.
“Seven different categories of fire arms were recovered within the period under review.
“Five confirmed shop- breakers and criminal -receivers were arrested and charged to court with stolen items ranging from Deep freezers, Elepaq Generators, motorcycles, Television sets, home appliances including rolls of Ankara and several pairs of shoes recovered from them.
“Suspected ritualists with human parts were equally arrested and charged to court.
“This press briefing becomes necessary to further amplify our resolve to continue to make crime and criminality a dangerous venture for the practitioners in Kwara State.
“Outlined below are some of the achievements recorded within the period in review:
ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF FIRE-ARM, BEING A MEMBER OF SECRET CULT.
SUSPECT: 1. Mumuni Baba ‘M’
EXHIBIT: 1. One English Pistol with one live ammunition.
One locally made pistol
“On 6/5/2022 at about 1130hrs, while on routine stop and search patrol along Gambari area of Ilorin, a team of police men attached to C Division, Oja Oba Ilorin, sighted an approaching motorcycle, in an attempt to evade search, the rider jumped off the motorcycle and took to his heels.
“He was given a hot chase, and was eventually arrested and searched, the above listed fire-arms were recovered from him.
“On interrogation, he stated that he was invited by one Abdulahi ‘m’ of Okolowo area of Ilorin presently at large to Ilorin for a killing assignment. Efforts by Anti- Kidnapping unit to arrest other members of the gang are in progress.
“On 28/4/2022, at about 1100hrs, one Olagunju Abdulfatai Tijani Ifeanyi ‘M’ was suspected by eagle- eyed policemen on surveillance patrol; he was arrested for belonging to a gang of thieves. Investigation into his activities revealed he is a member of a secret cult.
“The suspect confessed he belongs to Eiye confraternity, and he is no2 in Ilorin zone.
He stated that, during one of the cult’s escapades, himself and the other suspects, names withheld (for now) at large, armed with one English Pistol and a locally fabricated pistol went and attacked and killed one Ismaila Alabi AKA Abbey, a barber at his barbing shop in Agbooba area of Ilorin on 21/4/2022.
Olagunju further confessed that sometime in February 2021 he had also shot and killed one Emmanuel ‘M’ surname unknown, a student of Human kinetic Education, University of Ilorin, in a bid to fast tracking his ascension to the top position in his cult group.
Upon enquiry as to the source of his weapons, he confirmed that he took possession of his late father’s pistol, ( a retired army major), which he used in the killings he participated.
The pistol according to him is currently with a member of the eiye cult group presently at large.
Investigation into the matter is ongoing for possible arrest and prosecution of the suspects.
“Based on an actionable intelligence, a three-man gang, whose speciality is stealing and fraudulently exchanging POS Terminal Machines in Ilorin and its environs were arrested on 9/5/2022, at Baruten motor park Agric area, Ilorin, in the process of perfecting the act of swapping and stealing a POS machine from an an unsuspecting operator.
Investigation of the case revealed that the suspects have successfully operated, swapped and stolen about 35 POS Terminal Machines within Ilorin and Offa alone.
The affected POS operators have identified the three suspects to have separately stolen their machines and a total sum of #1.7miilion naira converted from the stolen machines to their personal use.
Suspects in all the cases would be charged to court as soon as investigation into the cases are satisfactorily concluded.
“The Command wishes to re-assure the good citizens and residents of Kwara State of her unshaken determination to ensure Kwara State continues to enjoy her status of being one of the safest and most peaceful states in Nigeria,
while also advising law abiding citizens to go about their normal lawful businesses without any fear of attack or intimidation,” he said.