Police arrests fake soldier, serial robber

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), a unit of the Lagos State Police Command, have arrested a fake soldier and a robber.

The fake soldier identified as Yusuf Quadri was arrested along Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way near Muritala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja. The robber was caught in action at Oshodi robbing commuters.

The fake soldier, Quadri, a 22-year-old indigene of Ogun State, was arrested during a stop and search by RRS officers.

The suspect was riding a commercial tricycle along Airport Road, which has been restricted by Lagos State Government.

When stopped by police officers, Quadri told the officers he was a military officer. A little probe by the officer revealed he was impersonating.

Quadri, a primary school certificate holder disclosed during interrogation that he stole one of the military uniforms of a newly promoted officer, who he was assisting to get his luggage ready.

He added that he thereafter used the uniform to take a photograph, which he subsequently converted to an identity card.

The suspect in his confessional statement told the police that he made use of his military photograph and outfit to by-pass security operatives, Local Government and LASTMA officials that might attempt to arrest him whenever he was on the wrong side of the law. The stolen military uniform was recovered from the suspect’s home.

The robbery suspect, Emeka Ohiaeri, from Imo State had around 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday night pulled off a mobile phone from the hands of a youth corps member in Oshodi traffic.

Unknown to Ohiaeri, RRS operatives spotted him and trailed him to where he stood with his colleagues before being arrested. The phone was recovered from him and handed over to its owner at the RRS Headquarter, Ikeja, the following day.

The suspect confessed to the police that since arriving Oshodi a few years ago, he had been surviving by stealing phones, purses and handbags.

Meanwhile, Lagos Commissioner of Police Muazu Zubairu has directed that the two suspects be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, adding that RRS reinforce its presence in Oshodi to curb traffic robbery.