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Police Parade Fake Soldier, Arrest 16 Over Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Others In Jos

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John Ladong of Gero community of Jos South Local Government Area, impersonating as a Captain of the Nigeria Army.

The Police Command in Plateau has paraded one John Ladong of Gero community of Jos South Local Government Area, for impersonating as a Captain of the Nigeria Army.

This is even as the Command has also arrested 16 suspects over kidnapping, armed robbery, culpable homicide and unlawful possession of firearms.

Mr Edward Egbuka, the Commissioner in charge of the command, paraded the suspected fake soldier before newsmen on Saturday in Jos.

The commissioneer explained that the suspect was arrested and handed over to the police by operatives of  ‘Operation Safe Haven’ (OPSH), a special task force maintenaning peace in the state.

Egbuka explained that the suspect,who was arrested on May 18 at Riyom, was also putting on a full army camouflage uniform, and driving an army coloured Peugeot 206 vehicle.

“After arrest, the personnel of OPSH transfered the suspect and handed over to our Area Command in Bukuru.

“Upon interrogation, it was established that suspect was not a military personnel,” the CP said.

Egbuka said 15 sets of army and Air Force  uniforms, 15 forcecom sim cards, two pairs of military boots, one jack knife, and other items were found in the suspect’s possession.

The commissioner said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigations were  concluded.

Speaking to NAN, the suspect regretted his act and pleaded that justice be tampered  with mercy.

He also confessed that he was once a personnel of the Nigerian Air Force but was dismissed from service as a Lance Corporal for mutiny.

On arrested 16 suspects over kidnapping, armed robbery, culpable homicide and unlawful possession of firearms, CP Edward Egbuka, the Commissioner in charge of the command, disclosed this while parading the suspects before newsmen on Saturday in Jos.

According to the Commissioner, the command achieved the feat with the support and cooperation of other security agencies in the state.

He explained that two of the suspects where among those who killed Dr Nandi Drenkat, a lecturer with University of Jos, who was murdered three weeks ago.

“On May 3, I paraded before you one Ali Mohammed, a suspected member of a dreaded kidnapping gang who murdered the University of Jos lecturer and kidnapped his 7-year-old daughter.

“With what can be described as an ideal synergy with the operatives of the Department of State Security Services (DSS), we were able to track down two other members of the notorious gang.

“On interrogation by the DSS, the suspects confessed to the crime. Two firearms with ammunition were recovered from them

“But in total, we are parading 16 suspects who are arrested over armed robbery activities, kidnapping, culpable homicide, illegal possession of fire arms and dangerous weapons,” he said.

Egbuka noted that the suspects were arrested following a tip off and the constant surveillance of its patrol team, adding that the suspects would be charged to court after investigation

He also assured that the command would intensify efforts in ensuring that all members of criminal gangs in the state are decimated in accordance with the law

The Commissioner advised members of the public to be law abiding and provide useful information to the police and other security agencies for prompt action.
-NAN

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