Police in Kogi arrests Army impersonator, 19 suspected criminals

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A 32-year-old Army impersonator, and other 19 suspected criminals has being arrested by the Kogi State Police Command.

The suspect, Mohammed Usman, 32, was arrested over alleged impersonation as a corporal in the Nigeria Army.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Paul Okafor, disclosed this while parading 20 suspected criminals at the Command Headquarters at the weekend, that Usman was parading himself as a corporal in the Army and had been duping unsuspecting members of the public in the name of his boss.

The new police commissioner, however, warned criminals to turn a new leaf or relocate from the state.

“Since I assumed duty as Commissioner of Police, Kogi State, we have been guided by the vision and mission of the present Police High Command and dynamic leadership of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, which further underscores the imperativeness of all police officers and men to imbibe the values of humility, honesty and hard work.

“In pursuance of this drive, criminals will have no hiding place in Kogi State, as I have directed and warned all officers and men to go out and ransack all nook and cranny of the state”, he said.

He was accused of posing as a corporal in the Nigeria Army and duping unsuspecting members of the public in the name of his boss.

According to him, “I got the uniform from a soldier friend. I never stole in my life. I use the uniform to snap pictures.

“They came to arrest me in my house, the policemen that arrested me are all my friends. They come to my house; we eat, we drink, but they came and arrested me for impersonating because they saw Army uniform in my house.”

Others suspected criminals paraded included two relations, Hinmikalu Joseph (35) and Michael Ogule Babatunde (26), who were arrested over allegations of preparing Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

Olawumi Awe, Sunday Owa and Sule Kolo were paraded for allegedly operating illegal arms factory.

Items recovered included two AK 47 rifles, 19 locally made single barrel guns, five wooden rifle butts, 26 new cut to size barrel pipes, two vehicles and military gears.