The Ogun State Command of the Nigerian Police has arrested and paraded seven fake soldiers after their failed operation on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
They were paraded on Tuesday by the Commissioner of Police in Ogun state, Edward Ajogun at the command’s headquarters at Eleweran, Abeokuta.
The Police boss narrated that the fake soldiers were part of a gang that had operated at Ijebu-Ife around 2.30am on September 4 in military camouflage uniforms.
One of the suspects was killed when they decided to engage policemen in a gun battle, while another seven escaped.
Ajogun however explained that the Special Anti- Robbery Squad, led by CSP Muhammad Tijani launched a search operation leading to the arrest of the suspects from their different hideouts within and outside the state.
Six of the suspects listed as Ikechukwu Alore, Ifeanyi Emmanuel, Chinbueze Kingsley, Obiora Michael, Elias John and Vincent Magnus– were arrested at different locations in Lagos, while the remaining one, Chigozie Michael, was apprehended in Sagamu, Ogun State.
The CP said, “The gang leader, Obiora Michael, who sustained bullet wounds on his abdomen, right hand and thigh during the encounter with the SARS operatives, was traced to his home in the Ajangbadi area of Lagos on September 17, where his wife was treating him, having lied to her that he sustained the injuries in a road accident.”
Ajogun who commended the SARS operatives for their professionalism and commitment to duty, presented a cash gift of N100,000 to them for their efforts leading to the arrest of the suspects.
He said, “Note that you are receiving the carrot today; please avoid the stick tomorrow by sticking to professionalism and excellence in every of your outings.”
The gang leader told journalists that he had been into robbery for 13 years to feed his family, adding that they got their military uniforms when they attacked a passenger bus on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and found a bag containing the military uniforms.
Source: Naija News