The Kwara State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has detained a scavenger, Akilu Lawali, for allegedly stealing kitchen utensils in the process of scavenging in Ilorin.
NSCDC Spokesman, Babawale Zaid Afolabi, disclosed in a statement in Ilorin on Wednesday that some indigenes of Ayekale Community dragged the suspect to the command headquarters following his arrest.
He said on April 4 around 7 p.m, five men from Ayekale Community took Lawali to the Investigation Unit of the Command, for possessing kitchen utensils, suspected to have been stolen.
He said that the suspect confessed to having bought the items from some people at a cheap price.
He said; “The State Commandant, Makinde Ayinla, has ordered that investigation should be conducted and the suspect should be prosecuted accordingly,”
The suspect revealed that he had been scavenging for some years, adding that he is married and blessed with three kids.
Lawali also explained that he hails from Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara state and had been in Ilorin in the past three months scavenging.
He said some unknown men saw him scavenging around Ogidi Area and forcefully sold the kitchen utensils to him.
Lawali said; “They asked if I was interested in buying kitchen utensils and I said yes, but when they requested N10, 000, I told them that I am no longer interested.
“They beat me and collected all the N7, 000 in my pocket and left, leaving behind the kitchen utensils.
“On my way home, I met a man driving by and stopped to ask me what I was carrying, in the process of explaining to him, four other men came around and they decided to take me to Civil Defence Office,” the suspect claimed.