Hawker Turns “Police Officer”, Nabbed in Lagos In Soldier Uniform

A mind-boggling development on how some suspected criminals
hide under fictitious identities as uniform personnel, to break state laws, has been uncovered in Lagos
Nabbed in the act were two suspects. One as a soldier, the other as a police man.

Both suspects, Monday Job and Rasak Oloyede, were arrested at Oshodi by operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, also known as Taskforce.

Sadly, while Monday Job, who feigned a police officer, claimed he procured his uniform from a serving officer on his way out of Lagos on deployment to the Northern part of the country, Oloyede, a fake soldier got his on platter of gold (for no fee) from a dismissed soldier.

Their reasons to become emergency security operatives was majorly to eke a living through criminal means of bending the Lagos State traffic rules on restriction of motor vehicles and bikes in some parts of the State and, by extension, arm-twist ignorant motorists and bike operators.

Amazingly, both, in their confessional statements, disclosed that they made as much as N30,000 to N40,000 daily in the course of their alleged criminal acts.

However, the directive of the Lagos State Government, making it mandatory for all security personnel plying the said restricted routes, to be fully kitted in their respective official uniforms and displayed identity cards, gave them out.
The suspect arrested in police uniform, Monday Job, who hails from Akwa-Ibom, said in his confessional statement, “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 gave insight into what he used the uniform for, saying it incontrovertibly gave him immunity against arrests whenever he was on the road scouting for passengers, including restricted areas. “Aside, I use it to effect arrests, though illegally, of motorcyclists, plying Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway, one of the restricted routes, ultimately to extort them.

The second suspect, Rasak Oloyede, who impersonated a Sergeant in the Nigerian Army, and used a Volkswagen bus, BDG149 XK, for commercial purpose also revealed that the uniform was his strength and immunity, adding that he enjoyed immunity from LASTMA operatives harassments, including police check-points.

He also added that each time his bus developed mechanical faults and was yet to be fixed, he resorted to extorting motorists with the use of the uniform, and made a daily average collection of N25,000 to N40,000.

Disclosing this awry development In a press release, made available to Crime Puzzle by the Taskforce spokesperson, Adebayo Taofiq, the Agency Chairman, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi said: “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”.

Egbeyemi stated that his Agency had got the order of the State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, to arraign the suspects on completion of investigation in their case.
The Chairman warned motorcyclists to be compliant and abreast themselves with the various rules guiding their operations, and listed them as: desisting from plying all 475 restricted routes, to always wear their crash helmets and to ensure that they obtained and go along with their riders permits, which signifies their parks.

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