According to police authorities, a phony soldier was captured with military camouflage and N720,000 in cash.
The guy, who is alleged to have been impersonating a military official, was seen in Nasko’s Ibeto neighborhood in the state’s Magama Local Government Area.
Wasiu Abiodun, the police public relations officer, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Wednesday, adding that a Mercedes Benz with the registration number BDG 300 TA was found on him.
A NDA symbol, a military jungle cap in camouflage, a belted military vest, a military face mask, two ropes, and three SIM cards from various network providers were also found.
“On receipt of this information, Police operatives attached to Nasko Division mobilized to the area and arrested one Aliyu Umar aged 35yrs ‘m’ of Wawu-Garin Warra, Ngaski LGA of Kebbi State,” the police spokesman said.
“During interrogation, he denied being a military officer, but claimed that the accoutrements belong to his brother who is a soldier is serving at Warri.”
The suspect, according to the police official, was on the Command’s watch list and discarded a Honda Accord with the registration number RBC 143 FF at Maje along Kotangora road in 2020 to avoid being apprehended for a related offense.
Wasiu alleged that the bogus soldier was unable to give a convincing description of himself since he claimed to be a farmer and car dealer and that the money in his possession was intended for the purchase of a vehicle.
Noting that the case is still being looked into, he said that as soon as the inquiry is through, the suspect will be charged and arraigned in court.
He also urged people to be extra alert and to immediately report any unusual people to the police and other security services so that they can take appropriate action.