By Ekamma UBA Senior Staff Writer\
A parishioner with the Lord’s Chosen church, Gregory Anyasodo is currently telling the story of his life to the Police for allegedly impersonating as a Police Inspector to dupe unsuspecting trader of her money and other valuables. The incident happened at the ever busy Oshodi market in Lagos metropolis. Sources said the 47 year-old Owerri North, Imo State born father of six who was an ardent follower of Charles Muoka-led The Lord’s Chosen church with its headquarters at Ijesha bus stop along Apapa- Oshodi expressway decided to surrender to the devil to make ends meet. Though, this would not be the first he was committing the crime, sources said he had given his life to God after he had been arrested six times for the same offence prior to the present arrest in Lagos.
According to sources, Gregory Anyasodo had arrived in Lagos sometime in December 2016 preparatory for the February 2107 Lord’s Chosen Convention with a view to securing a job. But the job was not forthcoming; he decided to go back to his old trade he had earlier abandoned. Quickly, he met with an unnamed graphic artist who helped to design an identity card that portrays him as a Police Inspector attached to the Lagos State Task Force and Special Offence and Special Anti-Robbery Squad with which he terrorized traders at Oshodi Market and fleece them of their hard earned money. But his antics soon hit the brick wall after he approached and collected N125,000 from one Mrs. Emmanuela Josheph and warned her not cough or else he would invite his boys to raid the entire market.
It was gathered that Mrs. Joseph who was not too comfortable with ‘Inspector Greg’s extortionist tendency soon reported the matter to some operatives of the RRS who had their vehicle stationed not too far from the scene of crime. Sources hinted further that ‘Inspector Greg’ was promptly traced and apprehended.
Upon arrest, the suspect confessed to the crime blaming joblessness for his action. He however, denied stealing the said amount of money saying that Mrs. Joseph willingly gave him the money to forestall a raid on her wares.
Accordint to him, “I have been in the trade since December 2016. I came to Lagos before Christmas in preparation for The Lord’s Chosen convention in Lagos, which was held in February, 2017 at Ijesha because I am a strong member of the church. My early coming for the programme was for me to seize that opportunity to look for job in Lagos. When I couldn’t get a job, I ventured into impersonating the police.”
Continuing, Greg said, “I have been arrested six times in Owerri for impersonation. I have impersonated WAEC and JAMB officials. I have been arrested thrice by Shell Camp police, Owerri for impersonation. I am a father of six. I left my wife with six children when I was coming to Lagos. I have been sleeping in hotels since I got to Lagos. Occasionally, people allow me to sleep on the balconies and corridors of their house after I had convinced them that am a stranger. I make between N10,000 to N15, 000 daily parading myself as police officer and extorting innocent people”, he stated.
What I do is move closer to them and tell them, mostly traders after identifying myself and I would threatened to invite my colleagues if they failed to settle me. I collect the money and I move away. I am sorry, I have not sent a dime to my wife in Owerri to take care of the six children I left in her possession but occasionally, I call her. I thought of impersonating police because it would fetch me more money.”
Items recovered from him include a walkie – talkie-like radio and a Police Identity card which portrayed him as an Inspector with the number AP 14873 attached to Lagos Taskforce and Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
CrimeWorld weekly has learnt that both the graphic artist and the owner of the business center where the fake Police identity card was printed had been arrested as well stressing that the three suspected had been moved to the SCIID Panti Lagos
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