By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
Men of the Bayelsa State Command of the Department of State Services DSS have arrested a man, who have been parading himself as a staff of the service and swindling unsuspecting members of the public.
The suspect, Emmanuel Udo Akpan, aged 42, was dismissed from the Delta State Police Command in 2013 and had been on the police wanted list over alleged criminal activities bordering on impersonation and extortion of money from members of the public under the guise of facilitating their recruitment into the service.
Akpan, a father of five, yesterday at the DSS headquarters in Yenagoa confessed to the crime and pleaded with the authorities for leniency.
Akpan said he resorted to posing as a DSS operative and extorting money from the unsuspecting public following his dismissal from the force two years ago.
“I have a wife and five children to cater for, please have mercy on me,” he pleaded.
But the Bayelsa Command of the DSS led by the new Director, Mr. Ade Olusesan said the suspect was never a staff of the service would be handed over to the police for prosecution.
According to the DSS, the suspect had been on the police wanted list for offences bordering on impersonation and extortion of members of the public under the guise of assisting them to pass recruitment into the service.
“Upon receiving the complaint on his shady dealings, our operatives swung into action and arrested the suspect in whose custody, incriminating items were recovered,” the command noted.
The items, which were displayed, include, police (SARS) case file, police visitor identification tag, judiciary file, a stapler, which he claimed he used as gun at night to frighten his victims, Bayelsa State government file folder bearing the office of the Deputy Governor among others.