The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps has arrested a 23-year-old man, identified as Quadri Qudus, who allegedly stole 21 phones from admission seekers in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state.
Quadri allegedly stole the phones from the university admissions candidates while they were writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination on July 5, 2022 at a computer-based testing center in Ilorin.
Quadri, posing as a face mask salesman at the center, acted like a Good Samaritan and answered the candidates’ phones because they were not allowed to enter the exam center on the phone.
But before the students could write their exam papers, the suspect had disappeared from the center with the phones entrusted to him.
Parading Quadri along with two other suspects at NSCDC’s state command headquarters on Friday, command spokesman Olasunkanmi Ayeni said the suspect fell into the hands of NSCDC agents and was arrested in Ilorin after about a month from committing the alleged crime.
Ayeni said, “Quadri Qudus pretended to sell face masks in a JAMB exam center and the student confidently put the phones in his custody and he ran away with their phones. He was eventually caught by our men in Ilorin.”
Speaking to reporters, Quadri denied running away with the phones, saying the phones were stolen from him and he ran for fear of being apprehended and lynched by their owners after they may have finished writing their papers and discovered that their phones were gone.
He claimed: “The phones were actually stolen from where I kept them. I ran away for fear of what would happen to me.
“I had to run for my sweet life before the owners got out of the exam center because they would have beaten and lynched me if they found out their phones had been stolen.”
Two other suspects paraded by the NSCDC were a 55-year-old security officer, Arowolo Ayodeji, who reportedly had carnal knowledge of his 19-year-old daughter.
Ayeni said the suspect allegedly had carnal knowledge of his daughter since she was seven years old.
“Arowolo Ayodeji’s report was brought to the attention of the command through the Ministry of Social Affairs of Kwara State. The Ministry and the Gender Unit of the command are working together. It was a Good Samaritan who reported the matter to the Department of Social Welfare before being brought here,” the NSCDC spokesperson said.
Ayeni said the suspects were detained in Ijero Ekiti in Ijero Local Government Area in Ekiti State and taken to Ilorin where he last committed the alleged act.
“The man allegedly harassed the girl when she was seven years old. It means the crime has been going on for 12 years,” Ayeni said.
Answering questions from journalists, Ayodeji accused his action of the work of the devil and said the devil vicariously lured him to commit the crime.
The suspect, who confirmed he is the teen’s biological father, said the marriage between him and the girl’s mother crashed when the girl was two years old.
Another suspect, Emmanuel Sowole, was described by Ayeni as a serial killer who had been arrested multiple times in the state.
Ayeni said: “Emmanuel has been a serial killer, his cases have been brought here several times and on several occasions he has been remanded in custody but he doesn’t seem to want to change his act.
“The offense that brought him here is breaking into a house in Ilorin and taking some vehicle parts away.”