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Kwara Police Parades Suspected Assassin, Cultists, Recovers Firearms

Kwara State Police Command today Friday paraded some suspected criminals among them was one Mumini Baba, who reportedly confessed to being invited to the state for a killing assignment and two guns were found in his possession, One English Pistol with one live ammunition and One locally made pistol.

Speaking with journalists during the parade at the police headquarters, Ilorin, the state commissioner of Police, Mr Tuesday Assayomo, said that “at about 1130hrs, while on routine stop and search patrol along the Gambari area of Ilorin, a team of policemen 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, eventually arrested and searched, two 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.

Speaking on the achievements recorded by the command and other suspects paraded “Consequent upon recent reports of activities of some criminal elements in Kwara state, the state Police command re-strategized, devised and deployed new operational methods in the state which culminated in the arrest of members of different cult groups in Ilorin amongst whom are 15 suspects that have been charged to court for various criminal offences and are presently remanded in Correctional centres.

“Seven different categories of firearms 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”, he said.

  1. ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, BEING A MEMBER OF SECRET CULT.
    SUSPECT: 1. Mumuni Baba ‘M’
    EXHIBIT: 1. One English Pistol with one live ammunition.
  2. One locally made pistol

FACTS: On 6/5/2022 at about 1130hrs, while on routine stop and search patrol along the Gambari area of Ilorin, a team of policemen 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, 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.

  1. CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, BEING A MEMBER OF A SECRET CULT AND CULPABLE HOMICIDE.

SUSPECTS: Olagunju Abdulfatai Tijani ‘M’ and 4 others at large.
EXHIBIT: Blue Pistol plastic casing.

FACT: 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 the Eiye confraternity, and he is no2 in the Ilorin zone. He stated that, during one of the cult’s escapades, he 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.

  1. CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, THEFT, BELONGING TO A GANG OF THIEVES AND FRAUD.

SUSPECTS: 1. Abdulsallam Abubakar ‘M’

  1. Olamide Boluwatife ‘M’
  2. Olayemi Ismaila ‘M’

EXHIBIT: 1. One POS Terminal Machine.

FACTS: Based on 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 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”.

The Police boss said that suspects in all the cases would be charged to court as soon as the investigation into the cases is satisfactorily concluded.

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