By Taiwo Ogunniyi
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested a scavenger, Akilu Lawali for allegedly stealing kitchen utensils in the process of scavenging.
The Command Spokesman, Mr Babawale Afolabi in a statement noted that some members of Ayekale Community, Ogidi Area, Ilorin took the suspect to NSCDC headquarters, Ilorin.
Afolabi said that on April 4, around 7 p.m, five men from Ayekale Community took Lawali to the Investigation Unit of the Command, for being in possession of kitchen utensils, suspected to have been stolen.
He said that the suspect confessed to have bought it from some people at a cheap price.
“The State Commandant, Makinde Ayinla has ordered that investigation should be conducted and the suspect should be prosecuted accordingly,” he said.
The Suspect stated that he had been scavenging for some years, adding that he is married with three kids.
Lawali also explained that he was from Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara and had been in Ilorin for the past three months, scavenging.
He said some unknown men saw him scavenging around Ogidi Area and forcefully sold the kitchen utensils to him.
“They asked if I was interested in buying kitchen utensils and I said yes, but when they requested for N10, 000, I told them that I am no longer interested.
“They beat me and collected all the N7, 000 in my pocket and left, leaving behind the kitchen utensils.
“On my way home, I met a man driving by and stopped to asked me what I was carrying, in the process of explaining to him, four other men came around and they decided to take me to Civil Defence Office,” the suspect said.
Edited by Felix Ajide