The police in Kwara State have arrested a total of 19 suspected armed robbers and 11 suspected cultists within the Ilorin metropolis.
Parading the suspects in Ilorin, the commissioner of police, Bolaji Fafowora, said the suspects included a 65-year-old locally-made gun repairer, who would also be charged to court after conclusion of investigations into the cases.
Fafowora said some of the communities where the suspected robbers operated included Ogele, Shao road, Alapata, Kangu-Olunlade, Fate, Water View and Zango.
He added that some of the exhibits recovered from them were locally made pistols, Dane guns, locally cut to size pistols, axes, charms, parcels of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, electricity transformer’s armoured cables and two Bajaj motorcycles.
The command also paraded a five-member syndicate that allegedly defrauded six people of about N4 million.
He said the suspects specialized in deceiving commuters with fake foreign currencies after which such victims were defrauded of their monies.
“Their operational vehicle, a Mazda 323 was also recovered,” Fafowora said.
One Abubakar Ibrahim of Zango area was also paraded for alleged vandalization of electricity transformer’s armoured cable at Adelodun road, Ilorin on September 11.
“The suspect and his co-culprits were seen loading vandalized transformer armoured cables on their motorcycle.
“When the policemen on patrol of the area questioned them about the armoured cables, they abandoned the motorcycle and their loot and took to their heels. They were given a hot chase and the suspect, Abubakar Ibrahim, was arrested.
“However, the vandalized armoured cables were recovered while effort is being intensified to arrest the fleeing suspects,”, he said.
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