The criminals being paraded
A dismiss Lance Corporal, Emmanuel Anthony, who was paraded at the 81 Division headquarters in Lagos along with 12 others, including three dismissed arrested personnel, yesterday said he deserted the army for fear of being killed by Boko Haram insurgents.
According to The Nation, Anthony who was alleged to have led a gang of fake soldiers, who had military uniforms, accoutrements, recruitment forms and identity cards in their possessions, admitted that he fled the army in 2016 when he was posted to the Northeast.
He said: “I was a Lance Corporal. I deserted the army in 2016. I ran from the Northeast where I was deployed to fight Boko Haram. I was given two weeks pass to go and see my family but I did not return.
“I went to Akwa Ibom State and stayed there for over a month. I was declared wanted and the army arrested me. I was punished and sent back to the Northeast but I fled. I was afraid and did not want to fight Boko Haram.
“When I was dismissed, I decided to pretend to be an officer. I impersonated an Army Lieutenant. I bought the uniform and the rank. I did fake identity card and also printed pass forms which I usually filled and stamped each time I went out to show any personnel who checked me.
“I used to pretend to be an officer to escort Tokunbo vehicles from the border and I get paid for it. Yes I saved army recruitment form in a flash drive. I did it because someone requested for it and he was to pay me N3,000.”
General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udo, said the suspects were arrested at different locations within Lagos and Ogun states.
Udo, who was represented by the division’s Chief Staff Officer (COS), Brig.-Gen. Hamisu Hassan, said they had apprehended no fewer than 36 impostors since January, adding that 23 had been handed over to the police.
He said there was a decline in cases of military impostors since the inception of ‘Operation Checkmate’.
“It should be noted that these criminals are painting a bad image of the military and the Nigerian Army as they commit these criminal acts and give the impression of being bonafide personnel.
“Abdullahi Mubarak was arrested on April 2, fully clad in military camouflage, red beret and a Military Police (MP) hand band in Ojo. He had fake military identity card with him. Emmanuel Anthony, a dismissed soldier, is the ring leader of the fake identity card producing syndicate.
“He has also on various occasions impersonated as a Lieutenant, Captain and any other rank that suited his illegal activities.
“Ibeh Emeka was arrested on April 3, at Alaba International Market. He is a member of Emmanuel Anthony’s syndicate. They have also worked together as impostors dressed in military uniforms.
“Olasunkanmi Olamide from Adeoyo in Ibadan was arrested on March 18, in Shagamu for impersonation. He was dressed in military uniform. Godwin Emmanuel was arrested on March 18, while dressed in military camouflage t-shirt.
“Another deserter, Private Ahmed Yahaya from 202 Battalion in Bama was arrested. He deserted in 2015 and was dismissed in September 2016. He was arrested on April 3 along Sabo-Sagamu road, Ikorodu while dressed in camouflage t-shirt. He was parading himself as a soldier to defraud law abiding citizens.
“Ale Ayokunle, a resident of Hall Mark Estate, Fish Farm Bus Stop, was arrested on March 31, dressed in Nigerian Army camouflage uniform at Flower Market Odugunyan, Ikorodu. He was molesting and extorting money from innocent civilians. Robert Danang an impostor was arrested on April 3, at Sabo Market, Ikorodu dressed in Nigerian Army Strike Force camouflage jacket, parading himself as a soldier, defrauding and extorting innocent citizens.
“A dismissed Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Regiment, Corporal Abubakar Suleiman, was arrested on April 4, for assaulting a Beninnois police officer at Assesse Junction, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. He was dressed in Army faze cap claiming to be a serving personnel molesting innocent citizens.
“Private Ibrahim Isah, a deserter from 149 Battalion Ojo, was arrested on April 5, at Ikorodu. He was dressed in military camouflage parading himself as a personnel while molesting and extorting innocent civilians. Monday Ogar was arrested on February 9, along Mile 2 – Badagry Expressway. He was wearing a camouflage t-shirt and driving a Tokunbo vehicle that was to be delivered at United Legal Motors.
“Emeka Stephen, a computer operator, also a member of Emmanuel Anthony’s syndicate, was arrested in Alaba International market on April 6. Bala Gabriel was arrested on April 2, dressed in military uniform in Ojo area.
“These suspects would also be handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.”
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Illegal Abortions Responsible For Mysterious Deaths In Bauchi: State Govt
Bauchi State Government has revealed that the mysterious deaths recorded in the State has been as a result of illegal abortions.
An investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners is the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas in the northern part of the state.
According to reports, no fewer than 200 women have died in Bauchi as a result of this and there are projections that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this Friday, May 29, at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network.
Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who, after becoming pregnant, visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.
He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancies had become a major problem to family health in the state.
He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from complications.
Ondo Govt Arraigns Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin
The Ondo State Government has arraigned four men suspected to have killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the National Leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Recall that it was earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force handed over the suspects to the State Government.
They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.
The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.
Lagos Govt To Shutdown Markets Violating Social Distancing Order
The Lagos State Government has threatened to shut down markets in the State violating the social distancing order.
The Corps Marshal, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), Gbemisola Akinpelu, gave the warning on Monday at the Command Headquarters in the Oshodi area of the state.
In a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs Unit of LAGESC, Adebayo Kehinde noted that the order is coming from the State Ministry of Environment.
He reiterated the commitment of the agency to monitor markets across the state to ensure that the directive of the government is being adhered to strictly.
He urged the traders to maintain environmental cleanliness around the markets and stop trading on road setbacks and drainage.
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