A student of the School of Health Technology Akure, Ondo State, Owolabi Abiodun have explained why he became a fake soldier.
He was arrested for impersonating a military officer.
According to the state police spokesperson, Funmi Odunlami, Owolabi confessed that he likes the military uniform and bought it from the open market.
Another, 23 year old, Benedict Ifeanyi was equally arrested by the state police detectives for impersonating a soldier to defraud unsuspecting victims.
The police image maker said that police were informed that the suspect ” alongside his friends, threatened and harassed his co-tenants and the landlord that his landlord will pay with his life if he evicts him from the house.
“Upon the receipt of the information, Policemen were sent to the house to invite him and his friends. The investigation, however, revealed that the suspect had been parading himself to be a Soldier in his area.
” He however confessed that he was never a Soldier but liked the uniform and bought it from an open market.
” He is helping the Police with other information that can help in arresting his cohorts and those involved in the illegal buying and selling of Military uniforms.
He will soon be charged to Court.
Odunlami added that ” one Benedict Ifeanyi aged 23 paraded himself as a soldier to one Miss Tony Joy promised to assist the lady to arrest one Owolabi Olawumi ‘m’ who defrauded her of the sum of Two Million naira under the pretence of selling five 5 plots of land to her.
“After arresting Owolabi Olawumi, the suspect took him to an unknown destination and obtained the sum of three hundred thousand naira from him without the knowledge of the complainant and lied to Joy that he had taken the man to Army Barracks where he will be made to pay the money he obtained from her.
“A few weeks later when Joy didn’t hear about her money and the whereabouts of the self-acclaimed soldier, she went to Army Barracks to report him and it was confirmed that he was never a military man.
Odunlami said the suspect during interrogation, confessed that he was never a soldier.
Meanwhile, the suspects were amongst the 14 suspects arrested by police detectives in the month of April.
Others arrested included, three armed robbery suspects, John Samuel ‘m’ Aged 18, Tersoo Godwin ‘m’ Aged 18 and Vincent Pascal ‘m’ Aged 21.
They were arrested after attacking one Mukaila Bello ‘m’ Aged 54 Along Ikare road, David camp and also collected ₦203,000.00 cash from one Vincent John Yohanna.
Seven passengers were According to her rescued by police detectives when their commercial bus registration number GME 963 XC, outbound from Gombe State to Lagos State ran into a barricade along Akunu-Akoko/Ayere Road and were attacked by Armed men
Odunlami said that all the suspects would soon be charged in court.