… As NSCDC arrests scavenger for allegedly stealing kitchen utensils in Ilorin***
Police in Kaduna State foiled two kidnap attempts on Tuesday and on Wednesday and rescued four victims.
Police spokesman in the state, ASP Mohammed Jalige, stated on Wednesday that Tuesday’s attempt was recorded at the Buruk area of Ragachikun in Chickun Local Government Area.
Wednesday’s kidnap attempt, he added was foiled and at Barakallahu area in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.
Jalige explained that the police received a distress call on Tuesday that bandits had blocked the Buruk-Birnin Gwari Road around Kwanan Ruwa Village in Chikun to kidnap commuters.
“Operatives were immediately mobilized to the area and upon sighting them, the bandits started shooting sporadically in an effort to whisk away their victims,’’ he stated.
He explained that the operatives engaged the bandits tactically and eventually forced them to retreat into the nearby bush, abandoning their victims who were rescued unhurt.
“The victims were subsequently taken to the police station from where they were released to their families.
The vehicle in which they were travelling was also handed over to the owner upon proper documentation,’’ he stated.
Jalige added that on Wednesday, police operatives with reinforcement from the Nigerian Army, intercepted a group of bandits as they forced their way into the Barakallahu community in Igabi Local Government Area.
It was the bandits’ usual criminal manner to force themselves into communities to kidnap residents, he stated.
The police spokesman added that operatives responded promptly; engaged the bandits in a gun duel that lasted for about two hours.
This forced the assailants to abandon their mission before fleeing into the forest with varying bullet wounds.
Jalige stated that preliminary investigation revealed that no one was kidnapped in the community and no resident or operative sustained any injury.
“Normalcy is restored in the environs as the rigorous patrol is being intensified to forestall further attacks.
“The police are appreciative of the prompt report of these bandits’ movement to security agencies that resulted in thwarting of the two attempted incidents.
“Residents are urged to sustain the partnership to enable us to safeguard our respective communities from criminal elements,’’ Jalige stated.
In another development, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested a scavenger for allegedly stealing kitchen utensils in the process of scavenging.
The Command’s Spokesman, Mr Babawale Afolabi, in an interview with the newsmen on Wednesday, said that some members of the Ayekale community in the Ogidi area of Ilorin took the suspect to NSCDC headquarters in Ilorin.
Afolabi said that on April 4, around 7 p.m., five men from the Ayekale community took the suspect 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 buying the items from some people at cheap prices.
“The State Commandant, Makinde Ayinla, has ordered that investigation be conducted and the suspect be prosecuted accordingly,” he said.
Speaking with newsmen, the suspect said that he had been scavenging for some years, adding that he was married with three kids.
He also said that he was from Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara and that he had been in Ilorin for the past three months, scavenging.
The suspect further stated that some ‘unknown men’ saw him scavenging around the 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 was 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 saw a man driving by and he stopped to ask me what I was carrying.
“In the process of explaining to him, four other men came around and took me to the office of Civil Defence,” he said.