Oluseyi Dasilva, Ilorin
Kwara command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, on Monday paraded a total of nine (9) crime suspects including one on Police wanted list of Kwara command.
The command made good its earlier promise to make the yuletide season crime free and safe for residents of ilorin and its metrolis.
Speaking with journalists while parading the suspects, the State Commandant, Mr. Iskil Ayinla Makinde who explained that the suspects were arrested at various locations round Ilorin which include Oja Gbooro, Isale Koko, Shao Garage, Isale Kanike, Ipata Market.
“We have told these criminals that Kwara is not a safe haven for them. They either relocate to other places of we apprehend them for prosecution.
“We promised before Christmas to make the state safe for residents and those coming for yuletide celebrations and these arrests is a make good of our promises.
“The command will not relent until we arrest each and every one of those suspects that are at large and bring them to justice.”
The offences range from street lights vandalization, transformer and cable vandalization and possession of hard drugs contrary to relevant sections of the Nigerian constitution.
The suspects are Mustapha Mohammed, 25, Yahya Binto, 25, Yusuf Akanbi, 21, Lateef Jimoh, 26, Shina Hamed, 21, Yusuf Ayinla, 35, Damilare Idris Kanike,19, Aliu Bashir, 21, and Mustapha Popoola 35 all males.
When asked to speak, Yahya Binto Suleiman who said he work as a scavenger was arrested at 2.00am midnight while dong his work but the operatives said he was caught on tip off by members of the Tanke community where their transformers are regularly being vandalized.
Suleiman was in company of one other accomplice, now at large was said to have taken to his heels upon sighting the security operative.
He identified and claimed ownership of some items of exhibits ranging from knife, Pliers, Screw drivers and spanner with which he was said to carryout his operations
The commandants said they would be transferred to appropriate agencies for further investigation and prosecution within the ambit of the law.