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Rivers: 7 Suspected Fake Military Personnel Arrested

Nigeria Army
Posted: Jun 6, 2016 at 6:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Nigerian Army has arrested seven men for allegedly parading themselves as army and navy personnel in Rivers State.

Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Captain Eli Lazarus, disclosed this while parading the suspects before newsmen in Port Harcourt.

Lazarus listed the suspects as Abba Ibrahim, 40; Lucky Nyeke, 32; Abba Mohammed, 25; Godwin Okeke, 25; Tijjani Kano, 29; John Inuwa, 29 and Gabriel Ameh, 44.

He stated that one suspect out of the number, used the army uniform for illegal bunkering, while others impersonated military personnel to defraud unsuspecting individuals and companies.

The Army spokesman said, “On June 1, troops from 2 Brigade arrested one Abba Ibrahim 40, along Bodo in Gokana while fully dressed in military camouflage uniform with the badge of rank of captain.

“Ibrahim was sighted alone by our men who became suspicious and when questioned could not provide answers satisfactorily.

“The suspect revealed that he was dismissed from the Nigerian Army in 2008 as a Sergeant, and while being interrogated confessed to using the uniform to facilitate illegal oil bunkering.

“One Toyota Hilux vehicle with registration number Cross River GGJ 561 AA and refined automotive gasoline oil loaded in the vehicle was recovered from the suspect.”

Lazarus said troops also arrested one Joseph Nyeke, who was dismissed by the Nigerian Navy in March as a Leading Seaman, adding that the suspect presented himself to troops as a serving Lieutenant in the navy.

He said Abba Mohammed, 25, who claimed to be an army corporal, was arrested after engaging in a brawl with policemen, adding that the suspect later confessed to be an impostor.

The Army spokesman said, “Also, Godwin Okeke, 25, who paraded himself as a Sergeant uses fake military identity card to facilitate his transport business at Rumuokoro area in Port Harcourt.

“Tijani Kano and Johnson Inuwa both 29 years were arrested for illegal possession of military uniforms in Elele, while Gabriel Ameh, 44, was arrested for duping unsuspected members of the public.”

Lazarus said the suspects would be handed over to relevant security agencies for further investigation and possible prosecution in court.