By Chinelo Nwangene
A suspected fake soldier allegedly operating with toy gun, jack knife, military stickers/emblems, camouflage jackets as well as military identification card, amongst other incriminating items in Enugu, has been nabbed by security operatives.
The suspect identified as Obinna Madukwe, Orient Weekend learnt, was nabbed on Tuesday at Opi Nsukka axis of the state by soldiers implementing operation ‘Atilogwu Udo 1’ and later handed over to the Enugu state police command for discreet investigations.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Major-General Lasisi Adegboye, told newsmen, in Enugu, on Thursday that the suspect was in a vehicle conveying garden eggs from Abuja to Abia State, when he was arrested.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that he was given a lift by the driver of the vehicle he boarded because; he claimed to be a soldier. Items recovered from him include a Nigerian Army identity card, one pair of desert camouflage t-shirt, two camouflage t-shirts, one 3/4 camouflage short, one mobile phone and the sum of N40,000.
“Others are a fake N1,000 note, a Japanese Yen, a toy pistol, a fake Nigeria Police identity card, 26 Nigerian Army vehicle stickers, 23 Nigeria Army emblems, one pair of desert boots, two engineer cap badges, a name tag bearing suspect’s name and a jackknife,’’.
Enugu State police command’s public relations officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, further disclosed that the suspect, who hails from EkoliImenyi in Bende local government area of Abia State but resides at Mpape, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, confessed that he was not a solder and that he usually wear the military uniform to deceive members of the public.
“Suspect also revealed that he used to be a student of Nigeria Army school of technology and environmental studies, Markurdi, but he was expelled in 2015 over an alleged exam malpractice before he joined Pearls Group of School, Mpape, as a part time teacher in computer. He further maintained that he gets his uniform from mammy market inside Mogadishu military cantonment in Abuja.
He added that the state commissioner of police, Ahmad Abdurrahman, has directed for a full scale investigations in relation to his alleged nefarious activities.
By Chinelo Nwangene