The Kwara state police command has arrested eight people in connection with the attack on the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and other dignitaries at the Eid praying ground in Ilorin, the state capital on Thursday, the Nation newspaper is reporting.
The Kwara police command’s spokesman Ajayi Okasanmi, disclosed the arrests to reporters in Ilorin.
According to the report, Okasanmi described those arrested as miscreants, saying there was no record of any civil servant or government official among them.
“The state police command deployed no fewer than 2000 policemen in synergy with other security agencies to make sure that the Eid-el-Kabir celebration is a huge success. It was free in the course of prayers and there was the insurgence of criminals which we put into consideration while planning our security strategy. We know they normally come to beg for money from well-to-do members of the public.
“So they came as usual, but we noticed they were becoming unruly and we have to come out to prevent them from where the VIPs were seated. We then chased them away and we arrested about eight of them.
They are in our custody and we have started investigation.
“We learnt that one or two persons were injured; but there has not been any official reports as to if any was injured in the course of arresting. The motive of their unruly behavior is yet to be determined. As far as we are concerned the people arrested are miscreants.
“From the stories we are hearing one or two vehicles have been damaged but we have not seen the vehicles. We also heard that one person was injured but we have not seen the person.
“The prayers went as planned and the dignitaries that came back to their various destinations without any hitch. Among the people arrested there was no record of civil or government functionary; the eight arrested are miscreants”, the police spokesman told reporters.