By Christopher Oji
Lagos State Police Command has arrested an elderly man,Emmanuel Nwagu for allegedly impersonating as a Commissioner of Police.
Also in the police net was a fake Lawyer, who was arrested in robe in the Court.
The suspected CP dressed in uniform,and armed with identity card, came to the command to facilitate the release of a suspect , but ended up being arrested when he could not convince the investigating police officer that he was a CP .
Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mr Idowu Owohunwa who paraded the suspects, yesterday with 1O others, said on September 2, at about 4: 40 pm the Nwogu, visited the police premises,and introduced himself as a Commissioner of Police.
He said immediately he introduced himself as a Commissioner of Police, the officers at the command regarded him as a CP , but upon questioning, he was discovered to be an impersonator.
According to Lagos State Police Publlic Relations Officer PPRO SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who represented CP Owohunwa,”Nwogu, was immediately arrested and a search was conducted at his abode, and a Deputy Commissioner of Police warrant card, a Kenwood walkie-talkie, police camouflage singlet,and faz cap were recovered him.
“Investigation has revealed that he had been impersonating as a CP for long time.Only God knows how many people he has duped with such fake identity. We are happy that he has been arrested and after today’s briefing he will be arraign in court.
“We have arrested 12 suspects, including the man who claimed to be Commissioner of Police.We have cases of impersonation, defilement, robbery and drug peddling . We also recovered arrays of guns.”
Nwagu who spoke with Daily Sun, said”‘ it is true I am not a policeman, the commissioner of police Identity card was given to me by a policeman,a who came to guard the hotel where I am working.The police uniform was also given to me by the polican.
The police cap was given to me to protect myself from harassment. The Walkie talkie belongs to the Church where I work now. I paid the Policeman to procure all everything for me last year.
“I have not used the CP identity card anywhere else, except when Vehicle Inspection Officer(VIO)impounded my car.I told them that was a retired CP, yet I was taking to their office and my vehicle was booked.”
He added that, when he got to the VIO office they told him they didn’t see him as an officer. But he was later released to go after paying his fine.
“On the fateful day I was arrested by the police, I came to the command to get someone arrested released, that was how I was nabbed for impersonating a commissioner of police, I regret my actions.”
Meanwhile, one Ibrahim Bello,was also arrested for allegedly impersonating as a lawyer,at the Epe High / Magistrate Court for several years.
The suspected fake Lawyer,was arrested after receiving a complaint from the Nigeria Bar Association,Epe Branch against the suspect.
According to Hundeyin, detectives from the command arrested the suspect ,who was fully dressed as a lawyer in court.
“He was brought in for questioning where he was discovered to be an impersonator. Recovered from the suspect included law books, gown and some other things, he was also going to court to represent innocent people who didn’t suspect that he is not a legal practitioner.
“The fake Lawyer was arrested in the Court in robe, presenting him to be lawyer in the community before he was eventually arrested.
“I always go about with my robe in case a lawyer don’t have attire to appear in court, that was why I always go about with it. a lawyer who don’t have it can come to me and used it. That is why I am always with it. On the fateful day I was arrested I went to court to check a lawyer.
“All the law books found with me, was because I love reading books that was why I bought them. I read the law books because of the nature of job I do. I regret my action.”
The Police Spokesperson, however said the two suspects would be charged to court.
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