The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has successfully thwarted an alleged attempt to kidnap school children returning from school in Ilorin, the state capital.
Addressing journalists in Ilorin, the State Commandant, Umar Mohammed, revealed that the quick action of NSCDC operatives led to the arrest of a 37-year-old suspect, Yusuf Ajala, in connection with the incident. The apprehension took place at Isale Asa, Opomalu area of Ilorin metropolis, around 1 pm.
Contrary to the suspect’s initial claim that he had innocently approached the children to ask for assistance in obtaining dry fish, a discreet investigation by the NSCDC exposed a darker intent.
According to Mohammed, the suspect had deliberately diverted the children from their usual route home, indicating a clear attempt to kidnap them.
The State Commandant emphasized the importance of vigilance and prompt response in ensuring the safety of children and urged residents to be cautious of such incidents, especially during school hours.
In a separate development, NSCDC operatives apprehended a forty-year-old Susan Oyewole Oyenike and a forty-three-year-old Anafi Isiaka. The duo is alleged to have been involved in a counterfeit scheme, printing fake expiry dates on expired Vita Energy Drinks products.
These tampered products were then reportedly sold to unsuspecting consumers.
The NSCDC, in collaboration with relevant authorities, is conducting further investigations into the counterfeit operation to identify potential risks to public health and safety
The Commandant urged consumers to remain vigilant, inspect products for authenticity, and report any suspicious activities to the appropriate authorities.
Both incidents highlight the proactive role of the NSCDC in maintaining public safety and security within Kwara State, and the command assures the public of its continued efforts to combat criminal activities and protect the well-being of the community.