Kwara NSCDC Nabs Five Suspects Over Alleged Impersonation, Extortion

The five suspects

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kwara State Command, has arrested five suspects who were going from one petrol station to another in Ilorin metropolis collecting money from them, claiming that they are civil defence officers
on national assignment from Abuja.

The spokesman of the NSCDC in the state, Babawale Zaid Afolabi revealed this in a statement in ilorin on Thursday made available to Choicereporters.

He said that investigations have commenced to confirm whether the suspects are running a syndicate with other members also operating throughout the 16 local government areas of the state.

” On the 8th of March, 2022 at about 1422 hours, out anti vandal unit led by ACC Yusuf Ayinde Olatunji got an intelligence report that some group of men, who put on uniforms of civil defence have been going around filling stations in Ilorin metropolis claiming to be members of national task force on assignment from Abuja.

“After meeting the managers of the petrol stations, they will collect money from them, as the petrol sellers believe that they were officers of the NSCDC”. Babawale said

The CDPRO said the suspects; Saheed Adedayo,37, Muritala oloruntoyin, 40, Emmanuel Ferife,45, Abiodun Oluseun, 44 and Isaac Aluko, 43 all claimed to be members of the Importers Association of Nigeria and have been going around extorting money from unsuspected petrol sellers.

Luck, however, ran out of them as they got to a filling station at Amilegbe area of Ilorin as the office of the anti vandal unit was contacted by the management of the petrol station.

The unit patrol team later swung into action, which led to the arrest of the five suspects.

During the interrogation the suspects admitted to be doing illegal duties though maintained to be members of the importers Association of Nigeria and were going about filling stations to gather intelligence reports

Meanwhile, the commandant of the NSCDC in the state, Makinde Iskil Ayinla has appealed to the petrol stations and the people of the state at large to be wary of the unscrupulous elements who will like to use this period of fuel scarcity to perpetrate their criminal activities.

The Commandant advised them to carry out all the necessary due dilligence before dealing with any group or individuals claiming to be security operatives.

Edited by Felix Ajide