Army arrests 12 suspected impostors in Lagos, Ogun
150 arrested for impersonation in 16 months
Military Police personnel in 81 Division of the Nigerian Army have arrested 12 suspected impostors dressed in military camouflage uniform and portraying the Army in bad light during its ‘Operation Checkmate’ within Lagos and Ogun states.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division Nigerian Army (NA), Major General Umar Thama Musa, who disclosed this during a press briefing, dispelled the unfounded narrative that all acts committed by persons dressed in military uniform are always military personnel.
He noted that people displaying military banners and accoutrement such as belts and stickers on vehicles and driving commercial vehicles in military uniform as well as driving civilian vehicles painted in Army colour are most often not personnel of the Army.
He said in an effort to curtail this ugly trend, the Division has heightened the activities of Operation Checkmate to ensure regular arrest of impostors and offenders within the Division’s area of responsibility.
The GOC disclosed that over 150 impostors have been arrested from January last year till date.
While parading the suspected impostors, Major General Musa explained that preliminary investigation revealed that some of the suspects specialised in mounting roadblocks along Ajah road to extort money from motorists as well as indulge in other illegal duties while dressed in Nigerian army camouflage.
Similarly, the GOC said some suspects, who were fully dressed in military uniform, were arrested along the Ilaro border area of Ogun State, where they carry out smuggling of rice and other contraband items.
He said the arrested impostors would be handed over to the Nigerian Police for further action.
General Musa, who thanked members of the press for their objective reportage of activities of the NA, urged members of the public to desist from wearing military uniform and T- shirts, display of military banners, belts and stickers on vehicles as well as driving of civilian vehicles painted in Army colour.
He further implored members of the public to continue to provide information to the nearest Nigerian Army formations or units to rid Lagos and Ogun states of criminal elements.