The police in Niger State have arrested a 35-year-old man, Aliyu Umar, in Ibeto, Magama LGA of Niger State, for posing as a military officer.
Parading the suspect in Minna, the spokesperson of the command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, said he was found in possession of a Mercedes Benz – BDG 300 TA – one NDA emblem, one military camouflage jungle hat, one military vest with a belt, one military face mask, two ropes, three SIM cards of different network providers and the sum of N720,000.
The suspect, who hails from Wawu-Garin Warra, Ngaski LGA of Kebbi State, denied being a military officer during interrogation, claiming that the accoutrements belonged to his brother, a soldier serving in Warri, Delta State.
Abiodun said the suspect had been on the command’s watch list since he abandoned a Honda Accord – RBC 143 FF – at Maje on Kontagora Road in 2020 to evade arrest for a similar offence.
He said, “He couldn’t give a satisfactory account of himself as he claimed to be a car dealer and farmer, saying that the cash in his possession was meant to purchase a vehicle.”