Officials of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Task Force) Unit have apprehended two suspects for impersonating security operatives along Oshodi and Lagos-Abeokuta Expressways. Naijauto gathered both confessed to making ₦40,000 every day from posing as officers to extort money from motorists.
Monday Job and Rasak Oloyede impersonated uniformed officers to extort money from motorists
One of the suspects, Monday Job, paraded himself as a police officer and uses his Okada to extort money from motorists plying the Oshodi axis while the other, Rasak Oloyede impersonated an army officer, using his commercial bus to engage in illegal activities on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
While making his statement, Job, an indigene of Akwa Ibom State confessed to purchasing the police uniform from an officer who was posted to the North, for ₦7,000. Since the purchase, he has been disguising himself to arrest motorists illegally and also extort money from drivers and Okada riders plying banned routes along the Lagos/Abeokuta highway.
He also said,
I was hawking before I joined Okada business over a year ago and I have been wearing this Police uniform to arrest and extort Okada riders and making at least ₦30.000 to ₦35.000 daily,
The second suspect, Oloyede, posing as an officer in the Nigerian army confessed to having gotten the army uniform from a dismissed army personnel. With the uniform, he was able to escape checkpoints mounted on the road by Lagos traffic officers.
Oloyede also disclosed to extorting motorists and claims he makes between ₦25,000 and ₦40,000 on a daily basis, whenever his commercial Volkswagen bus with number plate BDG 149 XK develops a fault.
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Oyolede confessed he got his own uniform from a dismissed army officer
Howbeit, the agency's chairman, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi told reporters the two fake officers confessed they engaged in the act so as not to be confronted by the main security personnel patrolling the area.
According to the CSP,
reports revealed that some dubious-minded motorcyclists are now using fake Nigerian Army/Police uniform to scout for passengers on restricted routes as well as indulging in various forms of fraudulent acts across the state.
He reemphasized the directive given by the state government, which demands that every security officer with a motorcycle on official duty must be on the complete uniform and their ID fully displayed.
CSP Egbeyemi used the opportunity to warn commercial motorcyclists against plying the 475 banned routes. He also stressed the need to wear the crash helmet, have a proper identification of the motor park they're affiliated with while using other routes.
He urged the public to be at alert and stop patronizing Okada riders and commercial bus operators who disguise themselves under a security uniform.
The two suspects will be charged to court, as directed by Lagos Commissioner of Police, CP Odumosu.
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