Friday, 19 May 2017

Fake Naval Officer Arrested In Lagos - Read His Confessions

A robber suspect, Chukwueke Kingsley, has told the deputy detectives to Police Command 2, Onikan, Lagos state, that his biggest crime was being in love with the Navy as long as he had to pose as a naval officer. Kingsley was arrested along with Chidi Ibrahim and Alaba Akande. The suspects were arrested after Kingsley and Ibrahim allegedly used two motorcycles to block a victim, Pascal Ume Okafor's car, along the Ijora Bridge, Apapa, around 11 pm and tried to snatch it.



The victim was driving a Toyota Corolla, 2005, when the men blocked him. Okafor said:
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“There were two of them. They were on two motorbikes. They used their motorcycles to block my car on the bridge. I asked why they blocked me; they said I hit a car.
But it wasn’t true, I didn’t hit any car. Kingsley was in naval uniform, while Ibrahim was in camouflage. One of them touched me; it was like they used a charm on me. They asked for my phones and car key, I handed over everything to them. They also collected my N7,000.
They would have left with all my property, but for the timely intervention of policemen.”
The Zone 2 Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Dolapo Badmus, said:
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“There was a heavy traffic jam on the bridge where they blocked and attempted to snatch the victim’s car.
Kingsley wore a full naval uniform. Our men were on routine patrol when they sighted the suspects robbing the victim and rushed to the scene. They arrested Ibrahim, while Kingsley ran to the naval base and returned with two naval men. He wanted to cause trouble, but our men asked him to present his identity card. He said he has lost it. When he eventually brought it out, it was a fake.”


According to Kingsley, he is a commercial motorcycle rider and plies Mile 2 and CSM. He said that he bought the naval uniform at Badagry and gave it to a tailor, Akande, to sew. He denied attempting to rob Okafor. He explained that he was trying to assist the victim, after the latter bashed a car.
He said that the owner of the bashed car, wanted to collect N3000 from Okafor, but his intervention, using his naval uniform, saved the day. Kingsley added that he asked Okafor to settle him, but the victim said he didn’t have enough money on him. Kingsley said:
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“He said he didn’t have money. He asked me to search him. I made the mistake of searching him. When policemen came to the scene, he started shouting robbers.”
Kingsley, who had original naval crest on his beret said it was given to him by a deceased naval officer, named Marcus Mighty. Ibrahim, who described himself as a former barber, said that he became a commercial motorbike rider to augment his income.

He said he bought the camouflage Teeshirt and short in the market. He also said that his father is a retired soldier. Recalling the incident that led to his arrest, Ibrahim said that he didn’t rob Okafor. He explained that he was driving pass, when he noticed Kingsley and Okafor arguing. He stopped briefly to ask what was going on and was arrested.

Akande also denied participating in the alleged robbery. According to him, he only sewed the uniform for Kingsley and was paid N500. Kingsley later brought another naval man called Williams, who brought naval uniforms and gave him a badge to fix on one of the uniforms. He was also paid N500 for that.

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