Onitsha - Soldiers from Onitsha Military Cantonment in Anambra on Monday nabbed one Chinenye Nnagbogu, 26, who has been impersonating as a military police officer in the past three months.
Parading the impersonator, Lt.-Col. John Majebi, the second-in-command of the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, said he was arrested at 2 p.m. close to the cantonment gate.
Majebi said he was finally caught while extorting money from commercial motorcycle riders plying the Onitsha-Enugu road on the guise that he was a soldier.
"This is one of those that give the army bad image in Onitsha. For the fact he was impersonating even close to the cantonment gate, it becomes difficult to suspect that he is not a military police personnel.
"We have been on his trail for over three months now since we received series of complaints from members of the public about his activities at various strategic locations in Onitsha.
"And we reliably gathered that he had even gone to introduce himself to the Onitsha Police Area Command as an army officer," he said.
Majebi advised members of the public to promptly report any suspicious character and development to the security agencies for investigation.
He said that the impersonator would be handed over to the police for investigation and prosecution.
Reacting, the suspect, who claimed to be a trader, confessed that he had been in the act of extortion for "only three months".
"Sir, I was not extorting but I was telling the okada riders to pay their daily dues and I use that I am an army officer to get their compliance,'' Nnagbogu said.