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2019 polls: Navy warns public against fake military personnel


[FILE PHOTO] Nigerian Navy

Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Victory, in Calabar, Cross River State, Commodore Julius Nwagu, has cautioned members of the public to be wary of fake military personnel.

While parading a suspected fake naval officer, James Solomon Nkanu from Abi council in Cross River, at the NNS Victory Headquarters in Calabar yesterday, Nwagu said they remain committed to the fight against all forms of criminality in her area of operations. Besides the Base’s zero tolerance stance for crude oil theft and smuggling through the waterways, the Base has also intensified efforts towards arresting suspected impersonators and racketeers who go around extorting money from unsuspecting members of the public in the guise of being Navy personnel.

Nkanu, aged 25, was arrested on Wednesday 23 Jan 19 at Eta Agbor, Calabar, by men of NNS Victory for an alleged case of impersonation. Asides being dressed in Navy camouflage, he was caught in possession of fake Nigerian Navy identity card, copies of NN recruitment forms and credentials of suspected victims as well as three different ATM cards belonging to him and two other accomplices. “Prior to his arrest, the suspect an acclaimed final year student of the Cross River State University of Science and technology (CRUTECH) was alleged to have paraded himself as midshipman in the Navy. In line with extant regulations, the suspect would be handed over to the Police for prosecution.

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