A suspect, identified as Ukpabi Kenneth (22 years) has been arrested in Abia for allegedly disguising as a colonel of the Nigerian Army.
According to a police source, Kenneth was arrested by operatives of the Nigerian Army at the Isi-Court axis of Umuahia, the state capital in an effort to rob an unidentified man of his motorcycle, Punch reports.
Punch reported that the suspect had presented a fake identity card of an Army colonel which he had been using to intimidate unsuspecting locals in the area.
The source added that seven passport photographs of the suspect on a military camouflage, one Access bank ATM card belonging to one Eno Nto and one fake military identity card was found on the suspect at the point of arrest.
In his confession, the suspect, who claimed he is a final year student of civil engineering, in Abia State Polytechnic, admitted that he forged the identity card in order to recover the motorcycle that was collected from him at gunpoint.
He claimed that he identified the motorcycle a few days after it was taken away from him by gunmen in a court in Umuahia.
Kenneth said: “I am not an army colonel, my identity card was photoshopped. The person you saw on the I.D card is one of my facebook friends who is a soldier. I downloaded his picture from his facebook account.
“I forged the identity card because my motorcycle was stolen from me by gunmen at Isi- Court sometime this year when I was coming back from Aba.
“The incident happened at night when I saw some people flashing light on me, I thought they were Police because they were on black, so I parked and they showed me a gun, attacked me and collected my motorcycle from me.
"That made me angry and I went back to the Army checkpoint at Ubakala and reported the incident, but they referred me to the police.
“So when I went to a Police station in Umuahia and reported the case, they asked me to bring N20,000 for fuel to enable them arrest the criminals, I told them that I have only N4000, but they did not agree to go with me.
“I didn’t do it to kill or intimidate people, it was only for the purpose of recovering my bike, I’m not aware the Identity card will land me into trouble, I’m pleading for forgiveness.”
Confirming the development, Anthony Ogbizi, the commissioner of police in the state, said that the suspect would be charged to court for prosecution.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the police command in Benue had apprehended a Junior Secondary School II student, Atoo Aondoana, for his alleged involvement in an armed robbery along Makurdi-Alaide highway of the state.
Arrested with the suspect was an elderly cleaner, Peter Aghande, who was said to be an accomplice. The accomplice works with the Nigeria Air force in Makurdi.
Legit.ng gathered that Aghande was being held for supplying the military uniforms used for the robbery.
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