The Nigerian Army has arrested an army impersonator and busted electricity vandal syndicate in Nsukka axis of Enugu State as part of the ongoing operations “Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1’’.
General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Lasisi Adegboye, who briefed newsmen on the achievements of the exercise in Enugu on Thursday said that the suspects were arrested by troops of Sector 5 within Enugu State.
Adegboye said that since the commencement of the exercise a lot of threats to security had been curtailed by troops at various points based on accurate intelligence reports in collaboration with other security agencies.
He said; “On Tuesday, Nov 26; Troops of Sector 5 of Exercise ATILOGWU UDO 1 on routine patrol arrested one impostor, Mr Madukwe Obinna, at Nsukka in Enugu State, while impersonating to be a serving soldier of the Nigerian Army.
“The suspect was in a vehicle conveying garden eggs from Abuja to Abia State; while preliminary investigation revealed that he was given a lift by the driver of the vehicle he boarded because he claimed to be a soldier.
“Items recovered from Madukwe includes; Nigerian Army identity card, one pair of desert camouflage T-shirt, two camouflage T-shirts, one 3/4 camouflage short, one mobile phone and the sum of N40,000.
“Others item are; a fake N1,000 note, a Japanese Yen, a toy pistol, fake Nigeria Police identity card, 26 Nigerian Army vehicle stickers, 23 Nigeria Army emblems, one pair of desert boots, 2 engineer cap badges, a name tag bearing MADUKWE O. I. and a jackknife.
Adegboye also disclosed the arrest of electricity vandals at Opi-Nsukka by troops of sector 5 on patrol on November 27th following a tipped-off by locals on activities of criminals suspected to be involved in stealing electric cables in the town.
“A pursuit by own troops led to the arrest of one of the criminals by name Ifeanyi Agbaraenyi; while the other two fled on sighting our troop.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the vandal came from Udi, Onitsha and Enugu.
“However, his attempt to bribe the soldiers with N700,000 was stiffly resisted,’’ he said.
He said the suspects would be handed over to the police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps commands in Enugu State for further investigation and prosecution.
The GOC assured that the 82 Division would continue to protect lives and property of the law abiding citizen within its Areas of Responsibility and members of public are advised to report any suspicious movement(s) of person(s) or object (s).