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Volunteer Group Arrests Fake Soldier In South-South Nigeria

The suspect was arrested with a fake military identification card from the Civil Intelligence Agency.

A fake military personnel, Sunday James, has been arrested and handed over to the police for impersonating and parading himself as an officer of the Nigerian Army at the Oba Ovonranmen Square in Benin City, Edo State, South-south Nigeria. 

The fake soldier was arrested after months of intimidating and oppressing residents and traders in the Benin metropolis.

HumAngle learnt that James was apprehended by residents under the banner of Edo State Public Works Volunteers (PUWOV) on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Confirming the development, Mukhtar Yusuf-Osagie, the state commander of the group, told journalists that the suspect was arrested with a fake military identification card from the Civil Intelligence Agency.

“Officials of PUWOV have apprehended one Sunday James for impersonating and parading himself as an officer of the Nigerian Army at the Oba Ovonranmen Square in Benin City. The suspect was arrested wearing military uniforms, with a fake identity card,” Yusuf-Osagie said. 

“His arrest followed a tip-off that the suspect has been presenting himself as a serving soldier in the area for a while, and has been intimidating and harassing residents, traders, and others in the Oba Ovonranmen Square and environs.

“The suspect ran out of luck on Dec. 7 when he went on with his normal business of harassing and intimidating residents on Camouflage T-shirt, when he was apprehended by PUWOV officials.”

Yusuf-Osagie added that the suspect has been handed over to the Oba Market Police Division for further investigation and prosecution.

Bello Katongs, Edo State PoliceSpokesperson,did not respond to inquiries by HumAngle as of the time of filing this report.


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Adejumo Kabir

Adejumo Kabir is a multiple award-winning investigative journalist. He loves community journalism and supports all public enlightenment. He currently works as Assistant Investigations Editor at HumAngle. He tweets via @AdejumoKabir2

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