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Plumber, guard, others arrested for stealing chemicals in Kwara

Plumber, guard, others arrested for stealing chemicals in Kwara

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A 46-year-old security guard, Yusuf Abdulwasiu, and a plumber with the Kwara State Ministry of Water Resources simply identified as Aro have been arrested over alleged theft of water treatment chemicals.

The duo and six other suspects including one AbdulKadri Issa Olayiwola, 34, the alleged mastermind and receiver of the ‘stolen’ facilities are presently held in the custody of the state police command.

They were allegedly arrested around 11:30 pm on June 4, 2024, following a routine patrol near the ministry’s gate, when suspicious activity was observed involving a commercial shuttle bus with registration number ABA804YG.

The police intercepted the bus loaded with water treatment chemicals after its driver attempted to escape.

Aro was alleged to have duplicated the key to the ministry’s store to facilitate the theft.

Sources said detectives while grilling the suspects discovered that they had already carted away 50 bags of chemicals before they were intercepted on their third trip.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Ejire-Adeyemi Toun, confirmed the development.

“Some suspects are being held in connection with the stolen water treatment chemicals.

“And 25 bags of the items were recovered by the Police from the suspects as of the time of the arrest, but the investigation is still ongoing,” the PPRO said.

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