Kwara State Police Command has inaugurated the Eminent Persons Forum in the state in southwest Nigeria.
The forum was held in compliance with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, aimed at reducing crime across Nigeria.
Addressing the Eminent Persons Forum, the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Olushola Amore, stressed the need to inaugurate the forum.
He said the directive was given by the Police boss, to carry various communities along in the fight against crime.
The Police Commissioner, who noted that fighting crime could not be solely the police business, called on the eminent persons which include the traditional rulers and politicians, to join hands with the police to rid the state of criminals.
He promised to carry everybody along in his community-oriented policing, in order to achieve a lasting peace in the state.
The Kwara State Police command has paraded four suspects accused of forging appointment letters of different establishments in the country and selling to unsuspecting Nigerians.
Parading the suspects, the State Commissioner of Police, Sam Okaula, explained that the suspects were arrested on tip off and two hundred forged appointment letters of various agencies were recovered from them.
He appealed to members of the public to be wary of activities of such people adding that those who patronize them to secure employment in the state will soon be fished out to face the wrath of the law.
The Kwara State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 26 members of two cult groups involved in a clash.
The cultists are suspected to be students of Kwara State Polytechnic.
However, the management of the school denied the clash ever took place adding that the school had earlier finished its academic session and closed the school.
Confirming the arrest, the Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, said one death occurred inside the polytechnic while another death occurred as a result of reprisal attacks at Agbo Oba area of Ilorin.
He noted that 43 arrests were made while 26 would soon be charged to court.
The Deputy Rector, Ahmed Ayodele, noted that the students union election venue where the alleged cult member was killed, was supervised by security operatives, maintaining that it was held without hitches.
At the spot where the cult member was said to have been killed, some student leaders were seen putting finishing touches to the construction of some structures while the President of the Students’ Union Government, Abdurahman Muhammad denied the death of the student.
He confirmed the death of a cult member outside the school but not within the school premises.
Police in Kwara State are worried over the increasing wave of political violence ahead of the forthcoming elections in the State, revealing that the force had intercepted a truck load of 108, 806 live cartridges at Kosubosu in Baruten Local Government Area and a large cache of arms and Ak-47 rifles in Ilorin, the state’s capital.
Addressing politicians in the state on Monday, the Kwara State Police Command urged them to desist from engaging in political crisis or face the full wrath of the law.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Salihu Garba, while addressing politicians said political thuggery had increased in the State, warning that it does not augur well for peaceful co-existence.
The police boss further warned of zero tolerance for political thuggery and urged politicians to eschew violence by warning their members in order not to incur the full wrath of the law.
“Intelligence gathered by the Kwara State Police Command so far revealed a great increase in the rate of political thuggery and hooliganism in the ongoing electioneering period in the state, resulting into various forms of attacks on political opponents, destruction of political opponents’ property and posters as well as billboards and other allied offences associated with political violence which is alien to the State in the past, as the State is known for its harmonious nature,” he said.
Candidates and representatives of political parties in attendance, however, made a commitment to promoting peace in a declaration to maintain peace and also encourage their supporters to do same.
The Kwara State Police Command has arrested three men suspected to be in possession of fake Naira currency totaling 1.3 million and 14 packs of 100 dollar notes.
The Police Command also paraded a fake medical doctor allegedly canvassing for patronage at a government hospital, Ilorin.
Briefing journalists on the activities of the command in the last two weeks, the State Commissioner of Police, Ambrose Aisabor noted that the command special patrol team arrested the suspects after a Toyota starlet commercial vehicle was intercepted along Jebba road, last Monday.
In their defence, two of the suspects, Mohammed Haruna and Oladele Olaniyi explained they were given the fake currencies for onward transfer to one mallam in Ilorin who was to observe a three-day prayer session, so the money can turn into genuine currency.
The fake medical doctor, Adams John of Unity Road, Ilorin was allegedly canvassing for patronage at Civil Service Clinic, in Ilorin.
The young man was said to be a 400 level medical student of University of Maiduguri before he was rusticated.
He corroborated that he was rusticated but denied using the stethoscope at the clinic adding that the other medical exhibits found on him were for personal usage.
Fourteen other persons were also paraded by the police for engaging in a street brawl over sharing of money given to them by a popular politician in Ilorin, which led to the death of one Tajudeen popularly known as Eba.
The Kwara State Police Command has paraded an armed robbery suspect, who is a member of the gang terrorizing and robbing traders along Yikpata and Tsaragi Road in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State.
The police also apprehended a female student of School of Health Technology in Offa for luring her friend to be raped by five students of the same institution.
Briefing journalists on the activities of the Command in the last three weeks, the state Commissioner of Police, Ambrose Aisabor noted that the police intercepted a vehicle, Opel Vetral with registration number BSA 24 XA with four occupants.
While searching the vehicle, three of the occupants escaped, while one by name Bala Muhammad from Nasarawa state was arrested with various ammunition and the sum of over two hundred thousand naira was recovered having just allegedly robbed traders plying the road.
The suspect, Bala Muhamaad from Nasarawa State, who spoke through an interpreter denied being an armed robber but claimed to be a passenger in the vehicle where he was arrested.
One of the victims of the robbery, Taiwo Olayeyi, who claims to be a student, sponsoring herself from the profit of her business, enumerated how they were attacked and robbed and passionately pleaded for the return of her money in order to continue her education.
Another suspect paraded was Mary Awolola of School of Health Technology, Offa, for luring her co-female student to be raped by five students of the same institution.
Although two of the alleged rapists were arrested, three are still at large. Other suspects paraded include suspects of members of secret cults and other armed robbery gangs in the state.