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Lagos police parade fake commissioner, 12 others



SP Benjamin Hundeyin

Parading the suspects, the command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest of 12 others for various offences committed in the last two weeks.

Hundeyin said that within the period, the command recovered four firearms, two live cartridges, one expended cartridge, 11 live ammunition and one vehicle from culprits.

He added that other items recovered were two wrist watches, six phones, some quantities of weed, suspected to be variants of drugs, walkie-talkie, Police warrant cards and police camouflage cap and singlet.

The PPRO said the suspected “fake CP”, simply identified as Emmanuel, was arrested on Sept. 2, at about 4.40 p.m. when he visited a police formation in the Ikorodu area and introduced himself as a Commissioner of Police.

“He was fully regarded as such but upon questioning, he was discovered to be an impersonator.

“During a search in his residence, we recovered a Deputy Commissioner of Police warrant card, an Assistant Commissioner of Police warrant card, Kenwood walkie-talkie, police camouflage singlet and face cap,” he said.

Similarly, the spokesperson said that another impersonator was arrested on Sept. 4 following a complaint from the Nigerian Bar Association, Epe Area of Lagos.

Hundeyin said that the suspect, one Ibrahim Bello, has allegedly been conducting and presenting himself as a Lawyer at the Epe Magistrate Courts for several years.

According to him, operatives of the Command arrested the suspect fully dressed in a lawyer’s regalia in the court where he went to depend on a client.

“He was brought in for questioning, where he was discovered to be an impersonator,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that items found with him, which were also paraded, include his portrait with inscription: “Bello Law Firm Office, Obas & Chiefs of Lagos State Law, Tenancy Law 2015, Due Process of Law and Law of Trespass of Land and Nuisance.

When the suspect was interviewed, he claimed to be an estate agent and not a lawyer.

Hundeyin said other suspects arrested included a woman, arrested on Sunday at about 1.00 p.m., in the Igbogbo area of Ikorodu for allegedly being in possession of a large quantity of weed, suspected to be hard drugs.

He said the woman was found with 97 wraps of colos, 22 wraps of loud, some mixtures of loud and Arizona and a sum of N271,600, her proceeds as at the time of arrest.

He added that other suspects were arrested for alleged rape, armed robbery, cultism and defilement, adding that after discreet investigation, the suspects would be prosecuted before a competent court of law.