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Rivers: Nigerian Army Apprehends Fake Soldier Extorting Residents





Desmond Okeh, a native of Anambra, has been apprehended by the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt for falsely identifying himself as a Lance Corporal in the military. On Tuesday, Lt.-Col. Ikedichi Iweha, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Army’s 6 Division in Port Harcourt, presented the imposter before the media. The arrest took place after the military received information regarding the activities of the fake soldier at a modern bank situated in the Government Reserve Area of the city.

During questioning, the impersonator admitted to purchasing the military camouflage from Kotuku Barracks in Kaduna and subsequently having it tailored at a local shop.

“Desmond Okeh was arrested on July 6 at a new generation bank fully dressed in the number six military camouflage and in possession of a fake military identification card.

“The suspect was wearing the rank of Lance Corporal on Army camouflage with fake duty number:  16N/75/2038 on his forged military identification card.

“The suspected impostor also had in his possession a fake pass leaflet at the time of his arrest,” he said.

“Okeh said he procured the army boot from vendors opposite Alaba International Market in Lagos and printed the fake identification card at a cybercafé at Control Roundabout in Imo state.

“It is shocking to note that this same Okeh was arrested on May 15, 2022 for the same offence of impersonation and was consequently handed over to a sister security agency for prosecution.

“However, it is unfortunate the same suspect is still on the street harassing innocent civilians by parading himself to his victims as a soldier,” he added.

Iweha called upon the general public to remain vigilant against the deceitful actions of criminals who pose as military personnel in order to defraud them of their valuable assets and money.

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