Five fake NSCDC officers detained in Kwara for extortion

Five fake NSCDC officers detained in Kwara for extortion
Five fake NSCDC officers detained in Kwara for extortion

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Kwara State Command has detained five suspected fake NSCDC officers who are accused of extorting money from petrol merchants.

The suspects were traveling around petrol stations in the Ilorin city, pretending to be Civil Defence officers on national assignment from Abuja, according to Babawale Afolabi, the state public relations officer for the NSCDC.

According to Afolabi, investigations have begun to determine whether the accused are running a syndicate with other members in the state’s 16 local government areas.

“Our anti-vandal unit, directed by ACC Yusuf, received intelligence on March 8, 2022 at 1422 hours that some groups of individuals dressed in Civil Defence uniforms had been travelling around filling stations in Ilorin metropolis claiming to be members of a national task force on assignment from Abuja. They will take money from the managers of the gas stations after meeting them, as the petrol merchants believe they are NSCDC officers “he explained.

The suspects, identified as Saheed Adedayo, 37, Muritala Oloruntoyin, 40, Emmanuel Ferife, 45, Abiodun Oluseun, 44, and Isaac Aluko, 43, all claimed to be members of the Nigerian Importers Association and have been extorting money from unsuspecting petrol merchants, according to the spokesperson.

However, luck ran out as they approached a filling station in Ilorin’s Amilegbe neighborhood when the petrol station’s management phoned the anti-vandal unit’s office. The five suspects were apprehended after the unit patrol team sprung into action.

“During interrogation, the suspects admitted to being involved in illicit activities while claiming to be members of the Nigerian Importers Association and travelling around fueling stations gathering intelligence reports,” he said.

Meanwhile, Makinde Ayinla, the state commander of the NSCDC, has warned petrol outlets and members of the public to be aware of unscrupulous people who may want to exploit the current fuel scarcity scenario to carry out illegal acts.

Before dealing with any group or individual claiming to be security operations, he recommended people to do their homework.