By Evelyn Usman & Faith Ake
LAGOS—The Police in Lagos have arrested four persons for masquerading as Military personnel at Idi-Araba and Agege areas of the state. Among them was a private guard who went to secure the release of one of the impersonators at the police station.
Recovered from the suspects according to Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, were two pairs of Nigerian Army camouflage uniforms, one pair of Army green uniform, one Army camouflage T-shirt, one pair of boots, two Army belts and two jungle hats.
However, one of them, Simeone Anthony, told Vanguard that he was dismissed from the Force last year, after fleeing from terrorists on the battle field in Maiduguri.
Asked why he did not return the Army property to them, he said: “There was no way I could have returned it because I would be arrested and charged to court. What I did was against the rules of the Nigerian Army.
“I never used the uniform to carry out any criminal activity. I only used it to evade paying fare whenever I boarded commercial buses.
“But on the day I was arrested, the uniform was inside my bag and I was on my way to Ikeja Cantonment. I am not a criminal, I swear,” said the 39-year-old Anthony.
Love for Military
On his part, 25-year-old Izu Nwane said his love for the military made him wear the uniform.
The Ebonyi born suspect said: “I love the Nigerian Army and have been longing to join. I bought their recruitment form and even wrote the exam at Ojo cantonment last month.
“I bought the uniform from a woman selling second hand clothes at the cantonment on October 7, 2015, but I never knew that I was buying trouble.
“Last week, a friend called me that his case was coming up at the Agege Magistrate’s Court. He asked me to come and stand as a witness for him. But I was not having money on me, so, I decided to wear the uniform in order to pave way in commercial buses. I pulled off the uniform on reaching the court premises and wore it after the court session, only to be arrested by some policemen.”