Police Confirms Two Deaths After Mayhem In Ilorin

Acting inspector-general of police, Solomon Arase

Acting inspector-general of police, Solomon Arase

Youths in Ilorin, Kwara state capital, yesterday,unleashed mayhem on some areas of the metropolis, leaving no fewer than two persons dead.

Police authority in the state confirmed the deaths, saying the fracas was spear headed by some hoodlums, who protested the presence of officers from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the state capital

Kwara state police command’s spokesman , Ajayi Okasanmi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police ( ASP), said, yesterday, that the crisis started when some hoodlums sighted anti- drug agency official, who recently arrested some of them over drug related offences.

The NDLEA officer, according to Okasanmi, who sensed the criminal intention of the youths, approached the nearest police station for refuge and protection.

But the youths were not happy at the protection offered the drug official by the police and they embarked on rampage leading to destruction of houses and other valuable items worth millions of Naira.

“There was a kind of an ugly situation there. There was confrontation between miscreants and security operatives.  It was as a result of a problem between the NDLEA and drug users in that area. That was what caused the crisis and the police came and rescued the NDLEA officer and we are trying to control the miscreants there.  Some houses have been attacked. We have arrested some people. I can confirm that two people died as well.

Continuing, Okesami said: “They were attacking anything they see. They did not identify any special place to attack. They were just attacking. The matter started with the issue of the NDLEA that arrested one of them in the past.

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