By Evelyn Usman
BUT for the immediate family members of 18-year-old Samson Osuji, every one in Surulere area of Lagos state and its environs believed he was a personnel of the Nigerian Army.
From his khaki uniform with the badge of a Lance corporal, to his booth and complementary stern looks typical of soldiers, there was no inkling that could give him away as faking what he was not.
In Surulere, where he shares an apartment with a friend, everyone dreaded him, particularly motorcyclists whom he allegedly extorted money from on several accessions, at the slightest opportunity. He is reportedly known in the area as ‘hard man’ for his non- nonsense carriage.
However, he is currently in police custody after he was arrested by men of the 9 Brigade, Ikeja cantonment of the Nigerian Army. Samson’s game as gathered came to an end following a discovery that he was behaving contrary to the dictate of a trained soldier.
And true to type, when he was taken to the barracks it was discovered he had even been brought there six other times for similar offense.
His rascality was attributed to the abrupt dismissal of his father, a Corporal who incidentally served at the Ikeja cantonment from the Army.
In this interview with Crime Guard, Samson, a Senior Secondary School 2 drop- out from Command Secondary school, Iyana-Ipaja revealed how he got his uniforms.
Hear him, “ I love the Army and have been dreaming of joining the service. This is my sixth time of being here and on each occasion they usually retrieve the uniform from me.
But because of my love for the service, I usually visited Army barracks , from where I would steal any uniform I find on the hanger line. The first time I was arrested ,I was arrested with their uniform which I stole from a hanger line. I have stolen uniforms from Owode barracks.
After I was arrested and the uniform taken from me, I went to visit a friend at Ojo barracks and stole the second one from his room. For the rest I stole them at barracks that I can not remember now.
But I never stolen with the uniform. All I do is to wear it in the evening to give people around the impression that I am an Army man. All I just wanted was to instill the fear of the military in them. Even my friend whom I stayed with, never knew I was not a soldier, until I was arrested”
Asked what usually happened anytime he was arrested, he replied, “the first and second time I was here, I was released and warned not to do so. The third time, I was handed over to the police at area F, from where I was charged to court and from there, I was sent to prison where I spent six months.
The forth time, I was released at the station same also was the fifth time. I do not know what is wrong with me, but I just love the Army”, the Ikeduru in Mbano area of Imo state stated.
In a bid to get him something doing, his frustrated father was said to had bought him a motorbike for commercial purpose, last year. But after four months, he reportedly had an accident, after which he gave it out on hire purchase. Trouble however reared its ugly head after the man he leased the motorbike to , reportedly failed to keep to the payment bargain.
Clad in a full Army fatigue, Samson reportedly stormed the Gbagada garage, where he allegedly battered the man whose Identity was simply given as Femi. Unknown to him, Femi had a relative in the army whom he immediately contacted. Samson’s eyeballs literarily popped out of their sockets as he beheld some military men two weeks ago.
When subjected to some questions he was aid to have been unable to give the right answers following which he was subsequently arrested and taken to 9 Brigade.
Spokesman for 9Brigade, Captain Olaolu Daudu, described Samson as an unrepentant impostor , saying any time Samson was arrested, he was usually handed over to the police.