Men of the Nigerian Air Force, Forward Operations Base at Ahanve, Badagry, on Monday reported that they arrested a man, Onyeka Ibekwe in Owode town, for impersonating personnel of the base.
NAF Public Relations Officer, Badagry Airforce Base, Warrant Officer Friday Akanni, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Badagry that Ibekwe was arrested while threatening to arrest some residents of Owode border town.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Air force base is situated along Apa Community in Badagry, Lagos State. Akanni said that the NAF base in the area had received reports of people parading themselves as Air force men while mounting road blocks and extorting money from the residents.
“Some of them go round the towns telling residents that they will be arrested and taken to the Air force base for nothing. The Commander of the Air force base in Ahanve, Group Captain Obinna Obiabaka, has total zero tolerance for insecurity and impersonation.”
“The commander has set up a counter impersonation team to flush out and arrest anybody caught disguising as men of Airforce. Ibekwe was caught impersonating the men of the base. We will find out from him if he has other people working with him,” he said.
He said that the suspect would soon be handed over to the police for investigation and prosecution. Meanwhile, Ibekwe told NAN that he impersonated the Air force men so as to frighten people in the area.
“I was trying to get my friend’s motorcycle that was seized by the police. So, I lied that I know men of the Air force in Ahanve and if they did not release the bike, they will come around and arrest them.
I am very sorry for saying this, I didn’t know it will put me in trouble. I will not do it again,” he said.
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