Nigerian Army arrests polytechnic student posing as a lieutenant

Nigerian Army arrests polytechnic student posing as a lieutenant

- Eze Mavus Ugochukwu, a Bauchi state polytechnic student has been nabbed for parading himself as a lieutenant in the army

- The suspect was arrested by the officers of 33 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Bauchi state

- The impostor was arrested following a complaint and would be charged to court soon

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Officers of the 33 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Shadawanka Barracks, Bauchi state, have arrested one Eze Mavus Ugochukwu, who defrauds members of the public by posing as a lieutenant in the military.

Legit.ng gathered that this was disclosed in a statement shared on the official Twitter handle of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Ugochukwu, a student of Computer Science, Bauchi state polytechnic, was handed over to the EFCC Gombe Zonal Office for interrogation, and possible prosecution.

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His arrest was followed by a complaint from one Mrs. Dorcas Oni who had given the suspect N400,000 to help assist in securing admission for her son into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) when he presented himself to her as a lieutenant in the Nigerian Army.

According to EFCC's investigation, the suspect had defrauded other victims to the tune of N1,455,000 using the same military bait. The money was paid into his two bank accounts between December 2019 and July 2020.

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Eze Mavus Ugochukwu, defrauds members of the public by posing as a Lieutenant in the army. Photo credit: officialEFCC
Source: Twitter

It was also gathered that Ugochukwu, an indigene of Nsukka local government area of Enugu state succeeded in making his victims believe he was a lieutenant by photo-shopping army uniforms.

The suspect would photo-shop his face on the images and attach his name tag on the uniforms.

Further investigation revealed that he forged military documents that he presented to convince his victims that he would secure NDA admission for them.

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As soon as the investigations are concluded, he will be charged to court.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that thirteen fake military personnel were arrested by decoy operatives of 81 Division of the Nigerian Army.

Among those arrested are a Lieutenant-Colonel Afolabi Hassan and a Major Afolabi Allen Adegboyega, who had been parading themselves as senior officers of the army for 12 years.

The suspects were arrested during the ongoing ‘Operation Checkmate’. They were in possession of various military accoutrements.

They were nabbed following credible information and were paraded on Thursday, April 30, at the division’s headquarters in Victoria Island, Lagos.

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