Fake Soldier Arrested in Edo

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Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City

Officials of the Edo State Public Works Volunteers (PUWOV) yesterday arrested one Sunday James, who claimed to a military personnel.

James, who was arrested at the Oba Ovonranwen Square in the heart of Benin metropolis was said to be in possession with a fake military Identity card with the inscription “Civil Intelligence Agency” (CIA).

The PUWOV state commander, Mukhtar Yusuf-Osagie, who disclosed this to journalists in Benin City, said the suspect was arrested while using the military uniform a nd fake identify card to intimidate and oppress residents and trader in the area

According to Yusuf-Osagie, the suspected fake soldier was arrested following intelligence and complaints from residents in the area, adding that the suspect has been handed over to the Oba Market Police Division for further investigation and prosecution.

He said: “Officials of PUWOV have apprehended one Sunday James for impersonating and parading himself as an officer of the Nigerian Army at the Oba Ovonranmen Square in Benin City. The suspect was arrested wearing military uniforms, with a fake identity card.

“His arrest followed a tip-off that the suspect has been presenting himself as a serving soldier in the area for a while, and has been intimidating and harassing residents, traders and other persons within the Oba Ovonranmen Square and environs.

“The suspect ran out of luck on December 7, 2021, when he went on with his normal business of harassing and intimidating residents on Camouflage T-shirt, when he was apprehended by PUWOV officials.”

“He has been handed over to the Oba Market Police Division for further investigation and prosecution,” the PUWOV commander added.

The PUWOV head of operations reassured resident of its increased collaboration with other security agencies to ensure a crime-free yuletide in Edo State, adding that it is committed to supporting the state government in curbing all forms of criminality and making the state habitable for every resident.