In as much as there are many wicked policemen out there, with most of them brutalizing Nigerians, the truth is that some of them aren’t even real policemen.
Some time ago, a fake police officer was arrested for allegedly acting like a riot policeman to escort people conveying contraband goods from Benin Republic, Cotonou to Lagos in Nigeria.
Bala Elkana, The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, mentioned that police officers on duty at the time arrested the police officer and after a series of questioning, he could not state the force unit he was attached to and that was when they knew he was disguising himself as a police officer.
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In his words;
“On February 10, 2020, around 8 am, policemen on enforcement of the ban on motorcycles in restricted areas arrested one Monday Job, 32, at Oshodi, while riding a motorcycle and fully dressed in riot police uniform.
A close look at his name tag and badge gave room for further probing. He could not give a satisfactory account of himself and the squadron he was attached to. In the course of investigation, he confessed to being an impersonator.
“It was revealed that he had been wearing the uniform to commit criminal activities, including the illegal escort of contraband goods from Cotonou to Lagos, escorting of vehicles from Lagos to other parts of the country, intimidating, harassing and extorting money from innocent members of the public while claiming to be a riot policeman. An investigation is ongoing and the suspect will be charged when the investigation is concluded.”
It is sad to see that a lot of fake people are out there and many of them are set out to ruin Nigerians. Similarly, Matthew Tokeme, a cab driver was arrested by police officers, for using his Sienna car to steal money and valuables from passengers who board his vehicle.
The driver and his gang members stole from a passenger who identified their plate number and some other details used to track them down.
The Police PRO said;
“On February 3, 2020, around 5 am, information received from members of the public revealed that some armed robbers were sighted along the Agidingbi Road, Ikeja, operating in a Toyota Sienna with number plate APP 488 FH, robbing unsuspecting victims of their valuables.
“On the receipt of the information, operatives of the RRS, who had been on the lookout for the said vehicle, swung into action 50-year-old Matthew Tokeme, the leader of the robbery gang and also the owner of the vehicle, was arrested. He confessed to being the leader of the ‘one chance’ robbery gang. An investigation is ongoing to apprehend the other gang members at large.”
On interrogation, Tokeme, the driver said
“My friend, who is based in Germany, bought the car for me to be using for commercial purposes. He bought the car for me because he realised that my business was not going on well. But I started using the car for ‘one chance’ and was operating between Abule-Egba and Ijaiye from 5 am to 6 am.”
“I started this operation about two weeks ago and I have collected a laptop and phone from the people I robbed. I sold the phone for N5,000 and the laptop for N20,000.”
Everyone should be careful.