Fake Man Who Parades As Solder Caught.

A 51-year-old man, Known as Okon,  who has been masquerading as a soldier to snatch motorcycles from riders across the country, has been arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Lagos State Police Command. The suspect, as gathered, usually accused commercial motorcyclists of violating state laws on the restriction of motorcycles. Okon, who was usually clad in military camouflage, would, thereafter, seize the motorbikes, pretending to be taking them to the nearest police station.

However, we gathered that he would ride them to an unidentified accomplice who he sold them to at give-away prices. His Luck ran out after SARS operatives, acting on a tip-off, swooped on him on Sunday, while he was attempting to intimidate a commercial motorcyclist in Apapa area of Lagos. Cross-country operations Benjamin Okon During interrogation, Okon confessed to have operated in Lagos, Ogun and Kwara states. A commercial motorcyclist at Liverpool area of Apapa, Ezeanwa Uche said that the suspect was fond of intimidating members of the public while pretending that he is a military personnel. “A friend of mine had his Okada impounded by the suspect. But we began to suspect his moves when we observed that he was never at work. That was why we summoned courage to report him to the police, only to discover that he is not a soldier after all.”

When asked how many motorbikes he had stolen, the suspect said he had lost count. According to him, 
“I am an expert at snatching motorcycles from owners. I have stolen countless Okada, which my accomplice helped me to sell. “I operated alone, but would take the motorbikes to my accomplice, who sold them to ready buyers. Once I give him, he would pay me off and I will go to steal another. “People were usually afraid of me because of the Army uniform and my commanding tone. I have operated in Lagos, Ogun, Kwara and other states
When asked where he got the Army camouflage from, he became silent. 

However, The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmus, who confirmed the arrest, said effort was on to arrest the suspect’s accomplice and receivers of the stolen motorbikes. She added that the suspect would be charged to court at the completion of investigation.

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