Man who impersonates police with walkie talkie arrested

A fake police officer, who has been using a walkie talkie to extort money from residents of Surulere area of Lagos State has been arrested by the police.

The police spokesperson in the state, Olarinde Famous- Cole confirmed the arrest of the suspect to Tribune Online

Famous- Cole said ” The Lagos state police command on 16 /3/ 2017 arrested a suspected impersonator, who terrorises and parades himself as a police officer to unsuspecting members of the public in Surulere area of Lagos state. ”

He added that “At about 16:00hrs of the said date the command operatives attached to Area ‘C’ command through a reliable information in December 2016, where it was alleged that one Olayiwola Animashaun ‘M’ of no 34 Thomas Animashaun street, Aguda Surulere has over the years been parading himself as a police officer and extorting unsuspecting members of the public of their money and other valuables, was intercepted under the bridge of Surulere near the stadium, where he was about to resume his criminal activities.

” On sighting the patrol team the suspected impersonator took to his heels, but was given a hot chase that resulted to his arrest at Shitta area of Surulere. A walkie-talkie, a Lagos state ministry of transportation identity card bearing his name, Olayiwola Animashaun and his passport photograph were found in his possession.” Famous – Coke added

The suspect Olayiwola Animashaun who later led the detectives to his house where exhibits like; a traffic taskforce reflective jacket, police statement forms, and a matchete were found and recovered from his house

 He confessed to have once worked with Lagos state government but was currently without a job and his modus of operation is centered mostly on Tejuosho, Ojuelegba and National stadium.

Famous-Cole advice members of the public to be wary of some individuals who present themselves as government officials or police officers with no prove of official identification and should question or alert other security agencies when the need arise to suspect anybody.  The suspected impersonator will be charged to court soon after investigation is completed.

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