The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) has on Wednesday arrested five suspects fake NSCDC officers for extorting money from unsuspected petroleum dealers in Ilorin metropolis.
The suspects who were in five in numbers went round the filling stations to deceive people as civil defence officers from the command thereby extorting money from the unsuspected petroleum marketers at their various filling ststions.
The spokesman of the NSCDC in the state, Babawale Zaid Afolabi made this known in a press statement which was and made available to the newsmen in ilorin on Tuesday said adding that further investigations have commenced to confirm whether the suspects are running a syndicate with other members who also operating throughout the 16 local government areas of the state.
“On the 8th of March, 2022 at about 1422 hours, out anti vandal unit led by ACC Yusuf Ayinde Olatunji got an intelligence report that some group of people, who put on uniforms of civil defence have been going around filling stations in Ilorin metropolis claiming to be members of national task force on assignment from Abuja.
The statement added that after meeting the managers of petrol stations, they will collect money from them, as the petrol dealers believe they were officers of the NSCDC from Abuja head office”. Babawale narrated
According to the CDPRO, the suspects; a 37 year-old, Saheed Adedayo, 40 year-old, Muritala oloruntoyin, 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 frim unsuspected petrol sellers.
Luck however ran out of them as they got to a filling station at Amilegbe area of Ilorin as the office 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.
During the interrogation the suspects admitted to be doing illegal duties though maintained to be members of the importers Association of Nigeria and were going about filling stations to gather intelligence reports
in the meantime, the commandant of the NSCDC in the state Makinde Iskil Ayinla has appealed to the petrol stations and the people of the state at large to be wary of the unscrupulous elements who will like to use this period of fuel scarcity to perpetrate their criminal activities advising them to carry out all the necessary due dilligence before dealing with any group or individuals claiming to be security operatives.