The Akwa Ibom State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has arrested a fake soldier who goes by the name Mfon Essien.
A statement made available to newsmen on Friday, December 3 by the command, revealed that the native of Ikot Andem Itam village in Itu Local Government Area of the state has been defrauding unsuspecting members of the public claiming to be a uniformed man which he is not.
Naija News understands that the suspect was apprehended by operatives of Anti-Robbery Squad on November 16, 2021, at about 1:00 am while on a Stop and Search operation along Nwaniba.
Having admitted to being an impersonator, Essien reportedly led the operatives to his house where two pairs of Army uniforms, Army shorts, two Army sweaters, Army belt, two Army caps, three pairs of Army boot, two Army jack-knives, two walkie talkie, one live Jacket, one stethoscope and a blue colour Toyota Camry car with Reg. No. LSR 735 AC were recovered.
The statement signed and issued to newsmen by the command Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon, also revealed that another suspect who had been parading himself as a medical doctor has been arrested.
The duo according to Macdon were arrested on intelligence.
Speaking on the arrest of the fake medical personnel, the police mouthpiece said; “relying on a report on 30/11/2021 at about 11:00 am, Quick Intervention Unit Operatives of the Command proceeded to Tranquility Hotel, Nung Oku village, in Ibesikpo Asutan L.G.A and arrested one Samuel Isaac Jumbo ‘m’, aged 29yrs old of No. 26 Asokoro Road, Area II, Abuja who claimed to be a Medical Doctor attached to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH).
“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime and stated that he is not a Medical Doctor as claimed. In his confessional statement, he stated that in 2015, he told his mother that he had gotten admission into the University of Lagos to study Medicine.”
Jumbo who was paraded before the police command on Friday (today), confessed that he has collected various sums of money from his mother.
He told the police that on 3/11/2021, he told his mother that he was going for National Youth Service ( NYSC ) at Rivers State and collected the sum of two hundred thousand naira (N200,000.00) for accommodation from her after she had bought a lot of household items for him.
“He took the money and items, came down to Uyo, squandered it and continue to deceive unsuspecting members of the Public and the hotel management that he was a Medical Doctor,” the police spokesman narrated.
He added: “To convince the public, he will dress up or carry his lab coat, use a bolt cab to UUTH Abak Road, after loitering around for a while, he goes back to his hotel and look for unsuspecting members of the public to defraud.”
All the arrested suspects according to Macdon, would be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.
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