Nigerian police operatives/Photo: AFP

By Victor Ernest

The Ogun state police command paraded three fake soldiers and 10 others for armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism on Saturday.

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The suspects were arrested at Agbado area of Ifo Local Government after a complaint from a lawyer, Paul Oniyo, and one Chima Solomon, who were allegedly assaulted by the culprits.

The fake soldiers are Joseph David, Adebayo Olanrewaju and Anmo Gilbert.

Police testimony

The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said due to prompt follow-up by the Divisional Police Officer in Agbado, Abioye Shittu, the suspects were arrested.

”After a search warrant was diligently executed in their respective residences, various military accoutrements which include military uniforms, caps, helmet and camp bed were recovered,” he explained.

He disclosed that preliminary investigations have revealed that the suspects have been using the recovered items to commit many offences like robbery, hijacking of vehicles laden with goods along Lagos-Shagamu-Benin Expressway, kidnapping, rape and other vices.

The suspects testimony

One of the suspects who is said to bé the ring leader, Adebayo Olanrewaju, said he got the military accoutrements from “a friend.”

Also paraded were three members of a kidnapping/armed robbery gang who were said to have been arrested at Imodi-Imosan area of Ijebu-Ode.

Iliyasu said the men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) raided their hideout, and the trio of Tomiwa Olajide, Sikiru Mustapha, and Ibrahim Bakare were arrested.

He said the items recovered from them include one locally-made cut to size gun, three live cartridges and assorted charms.

A member of the gang, Olajide, said if he had worn his amulets, the police would not be able to arrest him.

He said he left the robbery gang in 2014 and joined the kidnap gang.

Iliyasu also said seven other suspected cultists and armed robbers were arrested in Ijebu-Igbo, when the men of the SARS stormed their hideout.