Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Nigerian Navy has declared an impostor who collected bribe from unsuspecting members of the public as a senior naval officer wanted for impersonation.
The Director of Information (DINFO), Commodore Christian Ezekobe, made this clarification on Monday following a report that one “Captain Olugboyega Olubiyi Ayokunle” who claims to be a senior officer of the Nigerian Navy collected the sum of N100,000.00 from Mr Olugbemiga Ayeni as mobilization fee for investigation into alleged fraudulent dealings involving another naval officer, whose name is given as Prince Aderemi, Aderemi’s wife and one Mr Olugbenga Ayeni.
Ezekobe said that in view of the report and a formal complaint forwarded to the Naval Headquarters by Mr Olugbemiga Ayeni on the behavior of the said “Captain Olugboyega Olubiyi Ayokunle”, the Nigerian Navy carried out a thorough investigation on the identity of the names mentioned and discovered that the men who are parading as officers of the Nigerian Navy are impostors.
“To this end, the Nigerian Navy wishes to state categorically that the said Prince Aderemi is not a naval rating as alleged. Also Captain Olugboyega Olubiyi Ayokunle whose photograph is hereby attached to this disclaimer is not a Nigerian Navy officer. The naval uniform insignia worn by the suspect is fake as such not that of the Nigerian Navy,” he stated.
“Therefore he cannot be serving in the Western Naval Command of the Niigerian Navy as alleged in the news report,” he added.
The DINFO declare that the said “Captain OA Olugboyega is a wanted Person by the Nigerian Navy for offences ranging from impersonation and illegal possession of fire arms as shown in the attached pictures”.
To this end, he said, the general public is advised to henceforth desist from dealing with the imposters who claim to be in the Service of the Nigerian Navy, as the Service will not be responsible for their fraudulent activities.
He however, urged that “when and wherever sighted, they should be apprehended and handed over to the nearest Naval or military formation for prompt action”.