by Seun Badejo
The operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) have arrested a suspect for impersonating a Police Officer as well as using his motorcycle for commercial purposes on a restricted route in Oshodi, Lagos Mainland.
Speaking on the incident, the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi said the suspect was apprehended by the Monitoring and Enforcement Team of the Agency while scouting for passengers on a commercial motorcycle in police uniform.
Egbeyemi stated that preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect was not a genuine police officer. “The man impersonated a police officer for the primary purpose of using his commercial motorcycle to carry passengers on restricted routes in order not to be accosted by security patrol on monitoring exercise,” he said.
He added that; “We have on several occasions received complaints, particularly from motorcycle riders, about activities of this unscrupulous fraudster who had been using police uniforms to indulge in his fraudulent activities as well as extorting money from commercial vehicle operators and other road users.”
The Task Force Chairman reiterated that all Police Officers attached to the Agency for the enforcement of Traffic and Environmental Laws wear jackets with the inscription – ‘LAGOS TASKFORCE’ – for proper identification while on duty.
While urging security personnel enforcing restriction of commercial motorcycles on designated routes to be more vigilant, the Chairman disclosed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu has directed that the arrested suspect be immediately arraigned in court.
In his confessional statement, the suspect, Monday Job, who hails from Akwa-Ibom State, confessed that he bought the uniform from a Police Officer who was deployed from Lagos to the northern part of the country for N7000, adding that he had been using the same uniform to carry out illegal arrests while also extorting money from motorists and motorcyclists plying restricted routes along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
“I was hawking before I joined Okada business over a year ago and I have been wearing this Police uniform to arrest and defraud motorists including Okada riders and making at least N30,000 to N35,000 daily”, he added.