By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA — The Ogun State Police Com-mand said, yesterday, that it has arrested a 50-year-old fake Colonel Hassan Ayinde for claiming to be ADC to President President Goodluck Jonathan.
The suspect, who claimed to have come from Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State was reportedly nabbed while using the name of the President to beg for money to purchase ram for the Eid-el Kabir in Agbado, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi said this in a statement made available in Abeokuta.
Adejobi said “the suspect was arrested in the palace of Alagbado of Agbado, His Royal Highness, Oba Adedayo Shyllon on Monday, October 14, at about 1400hrs.” when he claimed to be a Colonel and the Aide De Camp(ADC) to the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and was soliciting for help to buy ram for sallah.
“The traditional ruler became suspicious of him when he claimed to be the ADC to the president and begging for money to purchase ram for sallah; and the traditional ruler immediately informed the police and he was arrested.
“On interrogation, Mr Hassan confessed to be a dismissed Air Force officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but impersonates Colonel to make ends meet. He said he attended the military school in 1979 and posted to Zuru Kebbi State as a lance corporal; and that he attended the Nigeria Defence Academy in 1980 and passed out in 1985.
“The fake colonel said he worked with the presidency in 1997 before he was dismissed in the year 1999 as a Wing Commander.
“The suspect, who claims to be residing at the National Defence College, is cooling his feet in our custody and will be charged to court at the end of our investigation.
“The Command therefore appeals to the general public to beware of such fraudsters who may want to dupe them of their earnings and always contact the police whenever they are in doubt.