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Police arrest fake army officer for stealing cars

17 February 2013, 18:25

Lagos - Umar Manko, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, said on Sunday that his command had arrested a fake army officer who specialised in snatching cars in the Lagos metropolis.

Manko made this known while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He said that the suspect, who was widely known as "Lt. Sule’’ in his neighbourhood, was arrested in his girlfriend’s house in Ogudu after a tip-off.

The commissioner said that suspect was arrested, following series of complaints about car snatching by residents, who claimed that the syndicate was led by an army officer.

Manko said that operatives from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad launched a massive manhunt for the suspect, who was eventually arrested in his girlfriend’s house.

He said that four pairs of army uniform with different badges of various ranks, two army identification cards and boots were recovered from the suspect.

The police boss said that that other items recovered from him included a Honda Civic car with Reg. No. PQ 786 KJA and Honda CRV Jeep with Reg. No. BU 277 FST, which were stolen in Lagos and Imo states respectively.

Manko said that police investigation revealed that the suspect had never enlisted in the Nigerian Army, adding that he was just a member of a criminal syndicate that wanted to tarnish the image of the country’s security institutions.

He called on the members of public to always be wary of such criminals on the roads, adding that they should promptly report them to the nearest security agency.

Manko assured the people that the command would strive to reduce crime in the state to the barest minimum.

- NAN

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