A man who impersonated a senior military officer has been arrested in Lagos by the police.
According to Punch, the suspect, a 27-year-old man who confessed he was rusticated from an higher institution for impersonation, was said to have escorted a bus driver identified as Murtala, to the Alausa, Ikeja office of the Taskforce, to try and get the vehicle back but the Taskforce officers noticed that the documents he presented were dubious and on interrogation, it was discovered he was fake.
The police report that Yelu had met Muritala and assured him that he would secure the release of the vehicle for a fee and went with the driver to the office of the force to negotiate the release of the vehicle by pretending he was a senior officer.
It was also alleged that before nemesis caught up with Yelu, he had, at various times, posed as an officer of the Nigerian Navy and the Nigeria Police Force to secure the release of vehicles impounded in different areas of Lagos State.
In his confession, Yelu agreed that he posed as a military officer to extort money from motorists.
“I was on my way to Ogba, Ikeja, when I saw the impounded vehicle. I just wanted to make money from the motorist. I did not have any other intention.
I am among those shortlisted for the new recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force.”
A police source said Yelu usually negotiated through telephone calls for the release of impounded vehicles and if he succeeded, he would demand N15,000 from the vehicle owners.
“The recent case involved a vehicle belonging to one Muritala, who lives on Gowon Estate in the Egbeda area.
The suspect had a habit of impersonating military officers through telephone conversations to release impounded vehicles. He would charge a fee of N15,000 or more from the owners of the vehicles.
It was when he was being interrogated by the task force Chairman, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, that he brought out fake documents and he was arrested.”