A 45-year-old police impostor, Anya Okorie, and a fake soldier, Usman Ali, were on Thursday arraigned before a Surulere Magistrate Court 3 for allegedly claiming to be serving security personnel.
While Okorie was arrested at Ketu dressed in police uniform, Usman was nabbed at Surulere while running after one Onyema armed with a jack-knife.
The police said Usman had attempted to attack Onyema with the knife found on him.
Lagos State police spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed their arraignment in a statement, said the move was sequel to the directive issued to Area Commanders and DPOs to fish out fake security personnel in their areas of responsibility.
Adejobi further stated that the Deputy Commissioner of Police, CID Panti, Yaba, DCP Adegoke Fayoade, ordered the immediately prosecution of one Anya Okorie, 45, of number 6 Alabata Street, Ikotun, who was recently arrested at Ketu along with his accomplice, Usman Ali, 21, of No 5, Ali Balogun Street, Ijora Oloye, Lagos.
He said while Okorie was arrested dressed in police uniform, Usman, was nabbed clad in army camouflage vest by police operatives attached to Surulere Division.
“The fake Inspector, Anya Okorie, was arrested in complete police uniform with the rank of Inspector of Police at Ketu while parading himself in a suspicious manner; while Usman was arrested within the premises of Surulere division when he and his accomplice, now at large, chased and attacked one Onyema, with a jack knife into the division, in camouflage vests.
“The two suspects have since confessed to be fake police officer and army personnel respectively. In fact, Usman further confessed to be an Okada operator.
“Items recovered from Okorie were two MOPOL berets, two lanyards, two mobile police khaki trousers, three mobile T-shirts, Sgt rank and mobile squadron badges, while army camouflage vest and jack knife were recovered from Usman,” he added.
Usman Ali was charged to Magistrate Court 3, Surulere on February 17, 2021, while Okorie was charged to court on February 18, 2021.