How fake Police Insptr was arrested in Làgos, as Okada riders disguise as soldiers, attack commuter in Police Command

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By Robert AKPAN, Senior Investigator Correspondent Lagos/

A bogus Police Inspector, Anya Okorie who had been parading himself as such in Ikotun area and environs in Lagos metropolis have been arrested. This is also happening even as two Okada riders who disguised as serving soldiers in military camouflage chased a commuter into Area ‘C’ Command Surulere, armed with a jackknife in an attempt to stab him before Policemen on guard duty came to his rescue. But sources said while the soldiers were being questioned, one of them sensing danger took to heels while the other identified as Usman Ali was apprehended only for him to identify himself as Okada rider.

*Usman Ali, the Okada rider who claimed to be a soldier…

A statement signed by the Command PRO CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi and made available to CrimeWorld magazine online which convened CP Hakeem Odumosu’s abhorrence to acts impersonating security operatives said ‘Inspector Anya’ had been parading himself as a genuine police officer adding that several other Police insignia were recovered from his possession. According to the statement, “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has condemned the act of impersonation by some individuals who parade themselves as security operatives in the state and ordered the Divisional Police Officers and detectives to be on the lookout for the impersonators. The Commissioner of Police refers to some cases where dismissed officers and civilians will be parading themselves as servicing members or personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, the military and security agencies, including the Lagos State owned agencies, to perpetrate illegal acts in the state. CP Hakeem Odumosu has directed the Divisional Police Officers, intelligence detectives and Heads of Department in the command to go after any impersonators and cause them to face the full wrath of the law as many Lagosians are being deceived by their conducts and antics. He also warns the general public to beware of such impersonators who are fond of impersonating the police, military or other security agencies at the detriment of our security system. The police chief further directs that every police personnel in the state must always possess police warrant card or identity card as a major means of identification, even on uniform, being a practice in the police.”

Continuing, the statement added, “In the same vein, while matching his words with actions, the police boss directs the Deputy Commissioner of Police, CID Panti, Yaba, DCP Adegoke Fayoade, to immediately prosecute one Anya Okirie male 45, of NO 7 Alabata Street, Ikotun, Làgos, that was recently arrested by the police operatives attached to Ketu Division and one Usman Ali, male 21, of No 51, Ali Balogun Street, Ijora Oloye, Lagos, was arrested with the Nigerian Army Camouflage Vest by police operatives attached to Surulere Division, to court for impersonation. The fake Inspector, Anya Okorie, was arrested on complete police uniform with the rank of Inspector of Police at Ketu while parading himself in a suspicious manner; 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 in the Division, putting on 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 are (1) two mopol Berets, (2)two lanyards,(3) two mobile police khaki trousers, (4) three mobile T-shirts, (5) Sgt Rank and Mobile Squadron badges, while Army Camouflage vest and Jack knife were recovered from Usman. Usman Ali has been charged to Magistrate Court 3, Surulere on 17th February, 2021,while Okorie will be charged to court today, 18th February, 2021. The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, therefore assures the general public that the command will work with other security agencies in the state to fight acts of impersonation in order to sanitise the system and solidify the security platforms of Lagos State.”

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