By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City
Edo State Police Command on Tuesday said it has arrested five persons for allegedly posing as men of the Nigerian Army in the state.
Chidi Nwabuzor, Public Relations Officer of the command who paraded the suspects at the command headquarters in Benin, said the suspects were arrested in army camouflage uniforms.
Nwabuzor gave the names of the suspects as Ehiorobo Evans (28), Osariemen Agho (25) Solomon Hussaini (28) Idoro Solomon and Ezeyi Kelechi.
He said the fake army officers were arrested on a tip-off from members of the public.
‘The operatives of Anti-Cultism Unit acting on a tip-off along PZ road, off Sapele road, Benin city, that five young men namely: Idoro Solomon, Ehiorobo Evans, Osariemen Agho, Solomon Hussaini and Ezeyi Kelechi were seen gathering in the area, dressed in Army camouflage uniforms, mobilised to the scene and arrested five of the suspects who confessed being fake Army officers.
He said the suspects have also confessed to have been terrorising the areas and other environs in the state.
He listed items recovered from them to include Army camouflage uniforms and Jack knives.
However, One of the accused, Evans Ehiorobo said he served four months in the Nigerian Army but has been on AWOL for eight months.
“I am a soldier from 2 division, ordinance unit, Nigerian Army. Yesterday, I came to visit my friend; I knew him from Zaria. There is one of my course mates upstairs playing game and I joined him before the police came to arrest us.
“I was on mufti, It was my phone that they found my picture that I am a soldier too and that is how I was arrested. I am still serving as soldier but I have been on AWOL for eight months now and I didn’t return.
“They have not been paying for a while. I served four months in the army. I have been arrested twice; the first one was robbery”,stated.
Chidi further disclosed that men of the command foiled a robbery incident in the early hours of Tuesday along the Benin-Lagos expressway.
He added that one of the armed robbers was killed, one arrested with gun injury while another escaped with bullet wounds.