Luck runs out on fake Army Lance Corporal

..arrested extorting residents in Rivers

Luck has ran out on a fake Army Lance Corporal, Desmond Okeh, following his arrest in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Briefing newsmen when the fake soldier before journalists in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Lt.-Col. Ikedichi Iweha, the Spokesman of Nigeria Army 6 Division, Port Harcourt, said the suspect was arrested following an intelligence report about the activities of the fake soldier at a new generation bank located in the Government Reserve Area of the city.

“Desmond Okeh was arrested on July 6, at a new generation bank fully dressed in the number six military camouflage and in possession of a fake military identification card.

“The suspect was wearing the rank of Lance Corporal on Army camouflage with fake duty number: 16N/75/2038 on his forged military identification card.

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“The suspected impostor also had in his possession a fake pass leaflet at the time of his arrest.

Procured army boot from vendors opposite Alaba International Market

“Okeh said he procured the army boot from vendors opposite Alaba International Market in Lagos and printed the fake identification card at a cybercafé at Control Roundabout in Imo State.

“It is shocking to note that this same Okeh was arrested on May 15, 2022, for the same offence of impersonation and was consequently handed over to a sister security agency for prosecution.

“However, it is unfortunate the same suspect is still on the street harassing innocent civilians by parading himself to his victims as a soldier.

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“So, people should take note that not everybody in military camouflage is a real soldier,” he said.

I get carried away

Okeh, meanwhile, said:

“Since 2016, I’ve been applying to be recruited into the Nigeria Army but have not been successful due to my (academic) result.

“So, anytime I am around my friends that got accepted into the army, I get carried away and get the feeling like I am part of them.

“This is why I bought a camouflage material and sewed it to feel like an officer,” he said.

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