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Police arrest pregnant woman, others for stealing from ShopRite Ilorin

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Security operatives arrested a pregnant woman and many other looters who invaded ShopRite Mall in Ilorin, in the early hours of Saturday, October 24.

The hoodlums violated the 24-hour curfew imposed by Kwara governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, and attacked the mall on Saturday. Security agents arrested some of the hoodlums including a pregnant lady.

The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Kayode Egbetokun, who confirmed the development in a statement  on the development in Ilorin on Saturday, said, “I want to make it clear that criminal elements cannot enjoy our protection. The protesters are no longer on the streets but the hoodlums are. Yesterday, 23/10/20, they looted warehouses, Malls, and shops. They forcefully dispossessed individuals of their valuable belongings and threatening to do more,” adding, ” attempt to burn down a popular mall after looting was frustrated by security agents.”

CP Egbetokun urged parents and guardians to keep their wards off the streets and warn them not to follow the hoodlums who are presently treading a dangerous path.

He said: “While it is the duty of the force to protect lives and property in the state, those who choose to remain with the criminals on the streets clearly made a choice of confrontation with the law enforcement agents and are at risk of the consequences of such an action.”

The CP also appealed to all law-abiding residents of the state to stay at home for the period of the curfew. Currently, due to the curfew, the streets of Ilorin have been deserted, with armed security agents comprising soldiers, policemen, and civil defence corps personnel on duty to enforce the order and apprehend violators.

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