Lagos State Taskforce on environmental offences said it had arrested six persons, who allegedly specialised in using its officials, and military personnel camouflage to carry out various crimes.
Mr. Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, the agency’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, confirmed the arrest to reporters on sunday.
Previously, Abdulraheem stated in a statement that one suspect was apprehended on Sunday in the Oshodi region while attempting to steal a motorcycle from its owner while wearing the agency’s official camouflage.
According to Abdulraheem, the suspect specialized in mimicking agency employees with his camouflage trousers and wallet in order to rob unsuspecting motorcyclists of their bikes and possessions around the state.
The official stated that six such impersonators were apprehended between January and April, emphasizing that reports of phony Taskforce employees were growing concerning to the agency.
“We will carry on with this mope-up exercise till every single fake official is arrested and taken to court.
“This will serve as a deterrent to others, who might be nursing the idea of impersonation,” he stated.
The image maker said the victim and motorcycle owner, Yahaya Usman, 19 years old, said he was flagged down by the suspect around Mafoluku Oshodi, asking him to take him ( suspect) to the inner parts of Oshodi.
Abdulraheem said on getting to the destination, the suspect asked the rider to divert to a different location where he pushed him off the bike and sped off with the motorcycle.
He said the motorcyclist chased the suspect until he caught up with him, before the task force officers close-by came to his rescue and arrested the suspect.
Abdulraheem said the suspect confessed to having been into the illicit trade of impersonating military and paramilitary officers because it gave him free access on the roads, and also some privileges across the country.
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