Ogun police parade fake army officer, 34 other suspects
The Ogun State Police Command yesterday paraded before journalists, 35 suspected armed robbers including one Emmanuel Abiodun accused of impersonating an army officer
Abiodun was dressed in complete army camouflage, which he said he bought at the cost of N3, 500 and wore to escort his pastor from Port Harcourt to the Redemption camp.”
He said he and the pastor lodged for three days at the Redemption camp before luck ran out of him.
Speaking to journalists, Abiodun who claimed to be a graduate of Aeronautical Science stated “There was no job for me after I graduated so I started escorting pastors as a merchant navy officer. Most of the pastors from the Eastern part need escorts due to the state of insecurity”.
“What I do is that I will go around to meet the pastors and ask them if they need escort. I then arrange for whatever nature of security they need”, he added.
He added “I escorted my pastor from Port Harcourt to Redemption camp here in Ogun State and we have already lodged for about three days. I followed the Redeem volunteer group in the camp supervision. It was when I was making a call that an Army General stopped me and asked me why I was fully kitted”.
“There was also a carton of toy gun in my bags where I held confidently. The police later discovered the guns after I was arrested”, he said.
The suspect disclosed that he was a graduate of Aeronautical Science from the Federal College of Oceanography, Lagos.
Abiodun, who was also putting on a bulletproof vest, revealed that he purchased the uniform from a market in Aba, Abia State, where military uniform and other materials, where he said are sold freely.
Abiodun was among 35 suspects paraded by the Commissioner, Mr. Abdulmajid Ali for allegedly committing various offences, including alleged armed robbery, cultism, murder and kidnapping.
The Commissioner said the Command had arrested 980 suspects including 116 for robbery, 205 cultists, 38 rape suspects and seven kidnappers, in the last six months.
He added that 45 pieces of assorted arms, 125 ammunitions, 69 vehicles and 297 sacks of Indian hemp loaded in a truck, were also recovered from suspects during the period.
Ali said that within the period seven robbery suspects were killed during gun encounter with the Police in different locations in the state, disclosing that the value of property recovered was N6, 020,000:00.