The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force have arrested a commercial bus driver who has been impersonating himself as an ‘Inspector’ attached with the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, Lagos.
The Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force SP Olayinka Egbeyemi who paraded the suspect disclosed that he was arrested today by the enforcement unit of the Agency while extorting money from some members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers ( NURTW) at Oshodi.
SP Egbeyemi disclosed further that the suspect Mr. Faith Sunday John (32yrs) from Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State who claimed to be operating a commercial (yellow bus) plying ‘Egbeda to Shasha’ was caught wearing an original cardigan and an identity card belonging to the Nigerian Police Force.
The Chairman said preliminary investigations revealed that both the cardigan and identity card belonged to his late father who was an Assistant Superintendent of Police before he died last year in Lagos.
The Chairman hinted that the suspect who stays at No. 37, Anjorin Street, Shasha, Egbeda removed his late father’s passport from the Nigerian Police Force identity card and re-laminated his own passport on it.
He confirmed that after well briefed about the incident the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mr. Fatai Owoseni directed that the suspect be charge to court immediately.
According to the suspect “I was working with a security company (KING DAVID SECURITY LIMITED) before my father died last year, due to owing of several salary arrears by this company prompted me using my late father’s Nigerian Police uniform and identity cards extorting money from members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and other commercial buses at night around Oshodi”.
The suspect, however, pleaded with the government to ‘temper justice with mercy’, he claimed it was a devil’s work.
Some commercial bus drivers who witnessed the arrest hailed the enforcement unit of the Agency claiming that the suspect collects N200 each from different commercial buses plying ‘Egbeda to Shasha’ on daily basis.
A member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers who simply identified himself as Mr. Kamoru Babalola disclosed that commercial bus drivers on daily basis complaints about the activities of the suspect.
Other commercial bus drivers, however, commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for relocating the Lagos State Task Force as their operations in the last few months had reduced criminal activities within Oshodi and its environs