The Nigeria Army has confirmed the arrest of 13 fake soldiers in Lagos. The suspects who were accused of using the military uniforms to perpetrate crimes in the state, despite the lockdown order which was issued by President Muhammadu Buhari over the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus disease, have been arrested by men of the Nigerian army.
The suspects were identified as Afolabi Hassan, Allen Afolabi, Adeleke Ebenezer, Eze Frank, Daramola Olamide, Ahmed Ameh, Okere Joseph, Eze David, Akpan Emmanuel, and Akpan Joel. The Defence headquarters claims that some of the suspects arrested were seen wearing uniforms such as uniforms with the ranks of Major, Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, and Captain. The criminals were nabbed at different parts of Lagos. Also, suspects who forged the Army Provost letterhead for visa application were also arrested, which brings the total number of the impersonators arrested to 41, during the proposed COVID19 total lockdown period.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) Major General. Olu Irefin confirmed the occurrence, said; “You will be shocked at the level by which the army is been impersonated. Both the Lieutenant and the Major have a photo frame they used to deceive members of the public and when you check their internet profile or page they looked real as military personnel.”
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“They have used provost letterhead to apply for Visa but unfortunately they took a wrong channel of applying because we do not do it directly.”He added.