A fake soldier who went about extorting money from prostitutes in Abuja has been arrested.
The suspect was arrested after several prostitutes operating in brothels mostly in the Zone 2 area of Dutsen Alhaji in the city, had reported a certain military officer who went about molesting them and collecting money from them.
It was gathered that the suspect always went to the brothels fully kitted in army camouflage and forcing the sex workers to give him money and also having sex with many of them without paying for their services.
It was gathered that the suspect and one of his accomplices had gone to one of the brothels around 12:30am on the day they were arrested, broke into the rooms of the prostitutes and forcefully extorted some undisclosed amount of money from them, beating up those who refused to part with their money.
Even those who gave them less than N1,000 were also beaten up and tied with ropes.
A police source said:
“They only spared those that gave them amounts above N1,000 while those that had nothing on them were beaten up.”
The suspect was however, rounded up, when a police crime detection and prevention patrol team stormed the area, while his accomplice managed to escaped.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), for Dutsen Alhaji DPO, CSP Aisha Yusuf, said an army uniform and some amount of money were recovered from the suspect, adding that investigation had commenced.