A fake policeman, Nathaniel Benjamin, who is also an applicant in the ongoing police recruitment, has blamed greed and his desire not to be paying transport fares in Lagos for parading himself as a policeman. Benjamin was arrested fully kitted in anti-robbery squad T-shirt, a camouflage face cap, a back bag, a black trouser with black boots to match was arrested few days ago at Alakija area of the state.
The suspect, who was reported by some members of the public who were suspicious of him, has been transferred to the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the state police command, where he confessed to being a fake policeman.
“I am a private driver at the FESTAC Town area of Lagos and I get N30, 000 as monthly salary but this is not enough to cater for my needs. I decided to dress as a police officer so that when I board a commercial vehicle, the driver will not collect fare from me,” the suspect said. When explaining how he got the police accoutrements, Benjamin claimed to have inherited them from his late brother, who was a policeman.
“I got the uniform after my elder brother who was a policeman died in a road crash. My brother had not spent one year in the Police Force when he was killed in a road accident last year. After his burial, I decided to use his uniform. I have been wearing it to get free ride for three months. I love police work. I have been applying to the police Force for recruitment for a long time but I was not selected. I have also applied for the recent recruitment.
“I don’t know that dressing in police uniform is an offence. It was my love for the Force that made me impersonate police and also the free ride that comes with being a police officer.”
The acting image maker in charge of the state police command, Damascus Ozoani confirmed the arrest of the suspect to Lagos Metro.