The state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Bagega, who disclosed this on Wednesday, said credible intelligence on the activities of the organisers led to the arrest of a suspect, Akinsola Babatunde, aka Mr White, at No. 16 Achimugu Street, Ilorin.
According to him, the police paid the sum of N20,000 required for each prospective attendees after the party organisers advertised the show on social media which they planned to hold in lounges, club houses and service apartments.
Bagega said with the cooperation of the other stakeholders, the police was able to arrest the suspect while going to withdraw the money in the bank.
“The immoral and illegal action of Mr White and his accomplices clearly contradict the COVID-19 protocols and promote crime and criminality,” the police boss said.
“Operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau attached to the command carried out a string operation involving tactical undercover and manoeuvre. We actually played along with them by posing as interested persons. We paid the advertised sum of N20,000 to a given bank account. With the cooperation of the other stakeholders, we nabbed the suspect while going to withdraw the money in the bank.
“Efforts are ongoing to arrest the fleeing members of the gang; the one in custody will be charged as soon as investigation is completed”.
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