Men of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Akure, Ondo State, have arrested one Sunday Uwanle for allegedly parading himself as a military officer serving in the state. The 37-year-old indigene of Kogi State was reportedly arrested in an army uniform by men of the brigade who were on routine patrol on Tuesday at the Oluwatuyi area.
He was said to be fighting some men in the area when he was apprehended.
Parading the suspect on Wednesday, the Public Relations Officer of the brigade, Capt. Ojo Adelegan, said the suspect had been using the uniform to terrorise residents of Akure and its environs.
He said, “Our investigation revealed that the suspect, who was always wearing army uniform, was involved in some of the robbery operations in Ondo and some neighbouring states.
“We have a report that he robbed a man in Akure of two vehicles, which he had been using to terrorise the people. Sometimes, he would go to petrol stations and cause trouble. Everybody was scared of him because they thought he was a soldier. They also know him as a soldier at many police stations in Ondo State.”
Adelegan said the suspect confessed that he bought the uniform from a retired soldier, who is a chief security officer of a branch of a commercial bank in Akure.
Some of the items allegedly recovered from him, according to the brigade PRO, included a motorcycle, an army uniform and the identity card of a police officer.
He said the suspect had been handed over to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the state police command for further investigation.