A 45-year-old man identified as Anya Okorie and Usman Ali have been arrested by the Lagos state police command for parading themselves as serving police inspector and military man respectively.
This was contained in a statement released by the police public relations officer in the state, Ademuyiwa Adejobi.
According to the police, the fake Inspector, Anya Okorie, was arrested in a complete police uniform with the rank of Inspector of Police at Ketu while parading himself in a suspicious manner.
Adejobi added that Usman was arrested within the premises of Surulere Division when he and his accomplice, now at large, chased and attacked one Onyema, with a jackknife in the Division, putting on camouflage vests.
The police spokesperson said the two suspects have since confessed to being a fake police officer and Army personnel respectively. Usman further confessed to be an Okada operator.
”Items recovered from Okorie are (1) two mopol Berets, (2)two lanyards,(3) two mobile police khaki trousers, (4) three mobile T-shirts, (5) Sgt Rank and Mobile Squadron badges, while Army Camouflage vest and Jack knife were recovered from Usman.
Usman Ali has been charged to Magistrate Court 3, Surulere on 17th February, 2021,while Okorie will be charged to court today, 18th February, 2021.” a statement released by Adejobi reads
The statement added that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, condemned the act of impersonation by some individuals who parade themselves as security operatives in the state and ordered the Divisional Police Officers and detectives to be on the lookout for the impersonators.
The police boss directed the Divisional Police Officers, intelligence detectives and Heads of Department in the command to go after any impersonators and cause them to face the full wrath of the law as many Lagosians are being deceived by their conducts and antics.
He also warned the general public to beware of such impersonators who are fond of impersonating the police, military or other security agencies at the detriment of our security system.