The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kwara State Command has arrested five suspected officers going to filling stations in Ilorin metropolis to extort them under the pretence that they were officers of the corps on national assignment from Abuja.
The command in a statement issued on Tuesday by its spokesman, Babawale Zaid Afolabi, said discreet investigation into the matter had commenced.
This, the statement said establish if the suspects were running a syndicate, across the 16 local government areas of the state.
“On the 8th of March, 2022 at about 1422 hours, our 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 Taskforce 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.
“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 unsuspecting petrol sellers.
“The suspects were met waterloo at filling station, located at Amilegbe area of Ilorin as the officers of the anti-vandal unit was contacted by the management of the petrol station.
“The unit patrol team later swung into action and the five suspects were arrested,” the statement read in part.
During the interrogation of the suspects, it said the suspects admitted to be doing illegal duties, but maintained, however, that they were members of the importers association of Nigeria going around the filling stations to gather intelligence reports.
Meanwhile, the statement quoted the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Makinde Iskil Ayinla to have appealed to the petrol stations and the people of the state at large to be wary of the unscrupulous elements who would like to use this period of fuel scarcity to perpetrate their criminal activities.
The commandant advised the public to carry out all the necessary due diligence before dealing with any group or individuals claiming to be security operatives.