Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) arrested two suspects in uniform for impersonating Security Officers at Oshodi, Lagos
The Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi said one of the suspects (Monday Job) impersonated a Police Officer using his commercial motorcycle to carry passengers on restricted routes, while the other suspect, Rasak Oloyede claimed to be an Army Officer using his commercial bus for fraudulent acts along Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
According to him “Our intelligent reports revealed that some dubious-minded motorcyclists are now using fake Nigerian Army/Police uniform to scout for passengers on restricted routes as well as indulging in various forms of fraudulent acts across the State”.
He reiterated the directive of the state government which stipulates that all security personnel on an official assignment with motorcycles must be fully kitted in uniform with their identity card conspicuously displayed.
Monday who hails from Akwa-Ibom State, confessed that he bought the uniform from a Police Officer who was deployed from Lagos to the northern part of the country for N7000.
“I was hawking before I joined Okada business over a year ago and I have been wearing this Police uniform to arrest and defraud Okada riders and making at least N30.000 to N35.000 daily”, he added.
Rasaq said he has been using the uniform he got from a dismissed Army officer to escape check points on roads by Traffic Officers and using the uniform to extort money from motorists where he made N25,000 to N40,000 daily whenever his Volkswagen commercial bus, with the registration number BDG149 XK, had mechanical faults.