Soldier in Kwara Police net over Assault on DPO


A soldier, Suleiman Sidiq has been arrested and locked up in Ilorin, by the Kwara State Police Command over assault of a Divisional Police Officer, Marufu Keji.


This much was contained in a press release signed by the Police Public Relations Officer DSP Ejire Adeyemi Toun and made available to newsmen, in Ilorin, Kwara State.


The release reads “On March 20, 2024, at about 1720hrs a report was received from one PTE , a soldier serving at Sector3 Garrison, Mongunu, Maiduguri, regarding a case of mischief in the Sinawu Town area of Ilesha-Baruba Kwara state.


“During investigation, it was discovered that the case stemmed from a land dispute, parties involved were warned to maintain peace and return the following day March 21, 2024, for further resolution.


“However, the situation took a violent turn when the complainant, Suleiman Sidiq, who was under the influence of intoxicating substances became so unruly. All efforts and persuasion to calm him down proved abortive, he attacked the Divisional Crime Officer, ASP Okeowo Joel, in the course of intervention by the Divisional Police Officer DSP Marufu Keji; Suleiman Sidiq brought out a Jack Knife and inflicted severe injury on the head and stabbed the left hand of the DPO.


“Following the assault, Suleiman Sidiq fled the station by scaling the fence. Immediately, he was given a hot chase in a bid to arrest him. Subsequently, he was apprehended and transferred to the state CID in Ilorin for thorough investigation.


Meanwhile, the officer assaulted is receiving medical treatment for the injuries sustained. Further details on the incident will be provided as the investigation progresses” she added


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