By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—ZONE 5 of Nigeria Police Headquarters in Benin, Edo State, has arrested a 35-year-old man, one Stanley Ezeobi, for alleged robbery and parading himself as a soldier.
Vanguard gathered that Ezeobi, who claimed to be a graduate of Public Administration at a polytechnic in South-East, was nabbed by operatives of the anti-vice unit of the zonal police headquarters on August 1.
Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the zone, Mr. Rasheed Akintunde, who paraded the suspect weekend, said Ezeobi was apprehended while attempting to sell a stolen vehicle.
According to Akintunde, “Ezeobi is an armed robber, but claimed to be a soldier. Whenever he brandished his ID card as a serving soldier, members of the public would think that he is a genuine soldier.
“But luck ran against him because he had been a wanted criminal. He stole a Toyota RAV 4 jeep and while delivering the vehicle at a car stand for sale, our men nabbed him.
“He brought out a warrant card that he was a serving soldier at NATRAC Engineering Regiment in Kontagora, Niger State. So, we arrested him.
“In the course of the investigations, we wrote to the military regiment to confirm the card and the names. The reply we got was that he was a fake soldier.
“Further investigation led him to open up on his criminal activities.”
The suspect, who claimed to be the owner of the vehicle, denied being a robber, saying he used the uniform to avoid security checkpoints.
His words: “I usually buy goods from Cotonou. So I use the uniform to beat security on the road. I did not snatch the vehicle (Toyota RAV 4); I have my own vehicle, a Toyota Picnic.
“I regret my action. I started using the uniform last year. I was arrested at my friend’s shop in Benin.”