The police in Anambra State have arrested two suspected armed robbers with one of them impersonating a policeman. However, one of the suspects, said he was a former police officer and was dismissed from the force for shooting a son of the former governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili.
Parading the suspects, yesterday, the Commissioner of Police, John Abang, said on August 8, following intelligence report, police operatives attached to the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested Hassan Abuka in Ihiala, dressed in police camouflage uniform bearing a DSP rank, along with one Ismaila Ahmed, both of them from Benue State.
He said the suspects specialized in impersonating police operatives to deceive their victims.
Abang said the suspects snatched a Toyota Corolla Car from a yet to be identified victim in Lagos and were located at their hideout in Anambra State. “Exhibits recovered in their possession include the snatched vehicle and additional vehicle plate number from Lagos FKJ 701 FR,” he said. However, the suspected police impersonator, Hassan Abubakar, said he was not an armed robber but a police impersonator, and that he was dismissed from the force.
Abubakar, 34, said that after he was dismissed by the police as an inspector, he continued wearing police uniform to escort vehicles. Abubakar, 34, said, “I was dismissed from the police as an Inspector for misfiring.
I was on a special duty from R15, 42 Squadron Zamfara State to Lagos along Lekki peninsula, near Moroko police division. “There was information that armed robbers were coming towards our direction and we stopped the vehicle but they refused and approached on high speed. They shot one of my inspectors and I returned fire, the vehicle sumersaulted three times. “The police recovered three pistols in the vehicle. Finally, it was discovered that one of occupants was the son of the former governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili,” he claimed.
“When the police dismissed me, I waited to be reinstated and since I have nothing to do and I have five children I continued to wear the police uniform to escort motorists. Whenever I see escort I will follow them to get money to feed them. “Last week Thursday, one Godwin Abba sold a Toyota Corolla car to me and I transferred N800,000 to his account without knowing that the car he sold to me was stolen and has a tracker.