Bad day for military imposters in Lagos, as GOC vows to rout them

 

It was a bad day for 12 persons who had posed as military personnel and evaded payment of bus fare as the Nigerian Army operatives in Lagos descended heavily on them arresting and detaining them.

The 12 persons newsreportersng.com learnt had been in the detention facility of the 81 Division of Nigerian Army in Lagos to enable investigations  by the intelligence arm of the force to ascertain why they were carrying out the act.

 

in Lagos  has warned persons using vehicles painted in Nigerian Army colour of green to desist from such and reverse the colours of the their as the force will not hesitate to deal with them appropriately.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division of the force Major general UT Musa who gave the warning also said that persons adorning military camouflage uniforms  will not be spared, especially as it has activated OPERATION CHECKMATE, to arrest such persons.

General Musa who recently assumed office as GOC  81 Division said between last year and now no fewer than 150 persons masquerading as soldiers and adorning military camouflage have been arrested and being investigated in between Lagos and Ogun.

General Musa  explained that persons who display military accoutrements such as banners, belts, stickers and other items are most often not military personnel, but use such to evade laws of the country and harass law abiding citizens.

He described as “an unfounded” narrative that all illicit acts committed by persons dressed in military uniforms are always by military personnel.

The GOC spoke while parading 12 alleged impostors, arrested within Lagos and Ogun States, by personnel of  Military Police attached to the 81 Division, said the suspects were apprehended during “Operation Checkmate” carried out by the Army within division’s area of responsibility.

The General Officer Commanding , said the suspects were fully dressed in military camouflage uniforms, which portrayed the Nigerian Army personnel and makes action taken by them as action taken by legitimate personnel of the force.

According to the GOC, preliminary investigation showed that some of the suspects specialized  in mounting road blocks along Ajah road to extort money from motorists, as well as indulge in other illegal duties while dressed in Nigerian Army camouflage uniform.

He said: “Persons displaying military banners and accoutrement such as belts and stickers on vehicles and driving commercial vehicle in military uniform as well as driving civil vehicle painted in Army colour are most often not personnel of the Nigerian Army.”

He said in an effort to curtail the ugly trend, the Division has escalated the activities of “Operation Checkmate” to ensure regular arrest of impostors and offenders within the Divisional areas of responsibility.

Also, the GOC disclosed that some of the impostors dressed in military uniform were arrested along the Ilaro- Border area of Ogun State where they were carrying out smuggling of rice and other contrabands.

According to the GOC, the arrested impostors would be handed over the Nigerian Police for further action.

He urged members of the public to desist from wearing military uniform and T- Shirts or display of military banners, belts and stickers on vehicles as well as driving of civil vehicles painted in Army colours.

He appealed to the members of the public to continue to support the Division’s Operation Checkmate by providing information to the nearest Nigerian Army Formations or Units as part of efforts to rid Lagos and Ogun States of criminal elements, who he said are bent on tarnishing the highly revered image of the Nigerian Army

The GOC, however, appreciated the media for their partnership and efforts in objective reportage of activities of the Nigerian Army

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