The suspect was arrested in Ogijo, Ogun State.
Barely 24 hours after a Nigerien was arrested for allegedly raping a woman and beheading her two-year-old child in Ogun State, another citizen of the neighbouring West African country was on Friday arrested for allegedly being in possession of over 1,000 passport photographs of young boys, the police have said.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this to journalists in Abeokuta, said the suspect, Abdulkarim Sallah, of Ketu Area Lagos State, was apprehended in Ogijo, Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State.
“In its bid to fortify security in Ogun State, the policemen attached to Sagamu Area Command of Ogun State arrested one Abdulkarim Sallah of Ketu Area Lagos state, who is a Nigerien, at Ogijo area on Friday 18th April at about 1300hrs,” Mr. Adejobi said.
“The suspect was arrested in possession of more than one thousand passport photographs of young boys, a photo camera and some forms,” he added.
He added that the suspect could neither explain his mission in Ogijo or indeed in Nigeria. He said the suspect claimed to have been staying in Nigeria for the past one year in company of one Ismaila Abu of Alade Market, Ikeja, Lagos State; who, the suspect claimed to be from Niger Republic.
Mr. Adejobi said due to the nature of the case, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Ikemefuna Okoye, has directed that the Department of Criminal Investigation, Eleweran, Abeokuta, should transfer the case to the Nigerian Immigration Service, Ogun State Command, for some investigations before the police would decide on the next line of action.
He said the command will not leave any stone unturned to ensure adequate security of lives and property in the state.
“The Commissioner therefore appreciates the members of the public, particularly the traditional ruler in the area, for giving the police relevant and prompt information on this matter,” he said.
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