A soldier and four fake naval officers have been arrested during the weekend for armed robbery in Lagos State.
The suspects who were in military uniform were reportedly apprehended by youths at Ilado Area of the state. The suspects were fleeing from the police when they were caught by the youths.
According to reports, the soldier and four fake naval officers were subsequently handed over to the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja.
An eyewitness and resident of the area disclosed to Vanguard news that;
We are predominantly fishermen but some of us do oil business. The military personnel used to come around to extort money from us daily. We didn’t even know that they were fake officers. They would come in military uniform. Their leader whom we later realized is an Army Sergeant would dress as an Army Commander. He would gather us and warn that the Army High Command had sent him on a special duty.
He told us that his group was on joint military operation. He then instructed us to contribute N2 millon for his boss. We were able to raise N500,000. The following day, they prevented us from doing our job, so we had to contribute another N300,000.They still said it was not yet okay with them.
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In their defense, one of the suspects identified as Oche said he was pushed into crime because there is no job in the country.