Six fake soldiers arrested in Delta

Six persons suspected to be fake army officers have been arrested in Asaba, the Delta State capital. 

The suspects were arrested along Midwifery School Road, off Okpanam Road in Asaba, by officers of Operation Delta Hawk, a joint security outfit of the Delta State Government. 

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Mohammed Yerima, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday February 25, said the suspects were arrested following intelligence report. 

The statement gave the names of the suspects as Nwokoye Chidera Emmanuel (20), Nwokoye Francis (24), Chigozie Arinze (23), Kingsley Ndukuba (32), Chidera Anichukwu (21) and Chinedu Akwali (29).

One of the suspects, Chidera claimed to be a Cadet from Southern Maritime Academy at Ugheli, Delta State, and ‘confessed to have gotten the military kits from one Mr Hassan nicknamed Commander.

Yerima said two vehicles – a Mercedes Benz GL350 and one Toyota Corolla car with registration number ABJ 49 AA ABUJA – were recovered. One fabric nationale bayonet and pairs of military kits were also recovered from Chidera.

He cautioned general public and law abiding citizens of the state to be weary of such people who parade themselves as military personnel and to report any suspicious person(s) to any nearest military formation/security agencies. 

Meanwhile, the suspects have been handed over to 63 Brigade Military Police Group in Asaba for further investigation and prosecution.