Farmer, 10 other arrested in military uniform in Lagos
â¦ We pretend to be military escorts to feed our families – imitators
â¦ “COAS please forgive me and call me back” – suspicious calls
By Evelyn Usman
One of the eleven suspects arrested by members of the military in Lagos for using the military uniform to carry out criminal acts, Sule Akinshiku, a 34-year-old farmer, revealed that he used the uniform to escort people. people who did not have a pass. move around the state due to containment.
Speaking to reporters at the parade of the Commanding General Officer, GOC Major General Olu Irefin, in Lagos, Akinshiku said he was given the military uniform of a serving soldier.
He said: âI earn between N4000 and N5000 every day, which I give to the person who gave me the uniform. I am a farmer but because there is not much to do on the farm and due to the confinement, I decided to use the uniform to feed my family “.
Another suspect, Akingunola Folorunsho, who was arrested with a double barreled shotgun, claimed to be a marine engineer.
He said he used the weapon found on him to hunt, adding that he was on his way to the farm when he was accosted.
When asked where he got the military camouflage jacket he was found in, he said he bought it on his trip out of the country.
For James Felix, a deserter, who was sacked from the Nigerian army in 2015, he appealed to the army chief of staff to reinstate him in service.
He denied using the uniform to commit a crime, explaining that âI left the Northeast for seven days without permission and was fired.
âBut when I went to the Ojo barracks to pack my things, I was not allowed access because I was told that there had been no signal to this effect. Since October of last year, I have nothing more to do. I want to use this medium to appeal to the COAS to reintegrate me into the army because I like the job and I had already spent ten years before being made redundant â.
Speaking earlier, the commanding general officer, GOC Major General Olu Irefin, explained that they were arrested by agents from Operation Checkmate and the division’s intelligence group.
He revealed that one of the suspects, Adeniyi Adesokan, who resides in the Owode region of Ogun State, went to have a motorcycle released to the Ijaiye Ojokoro Police Division, identifying himself as a lieutenant colonel, while wearing a woodland green military T-shirt. and a face cap.
One of them recovered a double barreled rifle, while another was arrested with a Tundra jeep painted in army colors.
The suspects according to the GOC would be turned over to police for prosecution, adding that the recovered tundra painted with the military color would not be released until the owner changed the color.
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