LAGOS â€” The son of a serving Brigadier-General in the Nigerian Army has been arrested for allegedly swindling members of the public and claiming to beÂ a lawyer attached to Chief Rotimi Williams Chambers .The 40-year old suspect, Alexandra Pedro, until his arrest, specialised in collecting money from unsuspecting members of the public to process military gate pass, which allows the bearer in and out of the barracks.
Military gate pass was initiated to curb infiltration of the barracks by unscrupulous individuals, particularly at odd hours.
Pedro also specialised in collecting money from commercial motorcyclists whose motorbikes were impounded by officials of the Lagos State Task Force for violating stipulated rules, and using his self acclaimed status to ensure their release.
He succeeded in getting some of the impounded motorbikes released until the bubble burst two weeks ago, following his sudden disappearance after collecting money from some commercial motorcyclists who never got their motorbikes back.
The aggrieved men, as gathered, alerted the police who subsequently effected his arrest.
Parading the suspect before newsmen yesterday, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, said Pedro had once been arrested for smuggling and impersonating a Major in the Nigerian Army and thereafter, charged to court.
â€œWe have carried out investigations and discovered he is neither a lawyer nor a military person. The closest link he has with the military is that he claimed to have lived in the barracks.
We also, did a letter to Chief Rotimi Williams Chambers which replied that the bearer was never employed nor was he its staff.â€
Other documents found on him, included Court sworn affidavits, correspondences portraying him as a lawyer and legal books among which were the Police Act, the Legislature and Evidence Act.
Alexandra according to Mba would be charged to court soon.