By Gabriel Enogholase, Benin
FIFTEEN students of the Delta State University, Asaba Campus and Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-uku were yesterday paraded in Benin by the 4th Brigade Nigerian Army for allegedly being in possession of fake Army Uniforms and accoutrements.
The Brigade Public Relations Officer, Captain Roselyn Managbe while parading the suspects, disclosed that some of them have already confessed how they acquired the Army uniform from a Mobile Policeman. The Brigade spokesman also disclosed that both the police officer and the police tailor who sewed the uniform have been handed to the force authorities for further action.
She, however, warned the Public to be wary of persons in army uniform who may want to cash in on the situation to perpetrate crime.
She said the Army was disturbed over the spate of abuse of its uniform, insisting that different illegal bodies have impersonated the army to engage in kidnapping, robbery and illegal bunkering adding that “these groups arrested are not in any way associated with the Nigerian Army.”
One of the suspects interviewed, Solomon wisdom, a student of Delta State University Asaba campus, who confesses to the crime, said they are part of Para-military body authorised to operate within the campus.
“I have not used the uniform to commit any crime, in fact we are still waiting for the school authority to finally approve our activities on campus before we were arrested and brought to Benin”
Among items recovered by the Army includes, dozens of army uniforms, 20 pairs of boots, 5 pairs of camouflage, cadet recruitment forms, 4 copy of Nigeria cadet identity cards, and ID card bearing Nigeria Army logo among others.