Air Force Arrests Two Impersonators, Hands Over to DSS


Chiemelie Ezeobi

The 107 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) camp, Lagos, on Wednesday paraded two suspects, Abiodun Akinsanya and Moses Johnson, for impersonation and being in possession of military camouflage and other accoutrements.

The duo were arrested at the Langbasa area of Ajah, Lagos, when they were accosted by NAF Provost Air Station operatives on patrol and they produced their fake identity cards after identifying themselves as NAF personnel.

Although they identified themselves as aircraftmen, what gave them away was the identity card, which is the old one used by the NAF before it was changed to the new one with chip.

After preliminary interrogation, the NAF personnel stormed their residence and unearthed several military uniforms, especially desert camouflages and accoutrements including boots and customised NAF belts.

Confirming the arrest, the Commander 107 NAF Camp, Air Commodore Abubakar Yusuf, said once the duo were picked up, a raid at their apartment uncovered several military uniforms and accoutrements.

He also said the harmonisation of the camouflage for the military has helped in curbing cases of impersonation by fraudsters, who dorn the uniform to con unsuspecting members of the public.

He said, “Further investigations revealed that they were in possession of military kits. They will be handed over to the Department of State Security Services (DSS) for further investigations and possible prosecution.

“We urge members of the public to be wary of fraudsters who use military uniforms to perpetuate acts of illegalities. They should report to any police station or nearby military unit if they encounter such.”

Speaking to THISDAY, one of the suspects, Akinsanya said he was not an impersonator, rather a Man O War personnel.
He said, “I am not an impersonator. I am a Man O War officer. I got the air force ID card from one Mustapha Mohammed, a soldier. He was supposed to help me join the air force.