The suspect, Aliyu
‘Police operatives attached to Nasko Division mobilized to the area and arrested Aliyu, who is from Wawu-Garin Warra in Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi State.’
By Valentine Amanze
Niger State Police command has confirmed the arrest of a suspect, Aliyu Umar, 35 years, for unlawful possession of accouterments, impersonation and alleged belonging to a gang of brigands.
The state Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), DSP Wasiu A. Abiodun, on behalf of the Police Commissioner of Niger State Command stated on Wednesday that the suspect, who was parading himself as a military officer, was arrested on a tip-off along the Ibeto area of Nasko in Magama Local Government Area of Niger State.
Abiodun explained that on receipt of information, Police operatives attached to Nasko Division mobilized to the area and arrested Aliyu, who is from Wawu-Garin Warra in Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi State.
He said that items recovered from the suspect included the following: One Mercedes Benz with Reg. No. BDG 300 TA; one NDA emblem; one military camouflage jungle hat; one military vest with belt; one military face mask; and two ropes.
Others include, three sim cards of different mobile network providers; a cash sum of seven hundred and twenty thousand Naira (N720, 000).
During interrogations, the police imagemaker said that the the suspect denied being a military officer, but claimed that the accouterments and other military items in his possession belonged to his brother, a soldier serving in Warri, Delta State.
He further disclosed that the suspect had been on the police watch list, stressing that he had abandoned a Honda Accord vehicle with Registration number, RBC 143 FF at Maje along the Kotangora-Kebbi road in the year 2020 to evade arrest for similar offence.
The case is under investigation and the suspect, who could not give satisfactory account of himself and the source of livelihood, is to appear in court for prosecution as soon as investigations were completed, the police stated.
Meanwhile, the state Police Command has advised members of the public to be more vigilant and to report strange person (s) and gatherings of people with suspicious intents to the police and other security agencies for prompt intervention.