The Nigerian Army says it has arrested an army impersonator and busted vandalism syndicate in Nsukka axis of Enugu State as part of operations in ongoing “Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1’’.
Briefing journalists on recent achievements of the exercise on Thursday in Enugu, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Lasisi Adegboye, said that the suspects were arrested by troops of Sector 5 within Enugu State.
Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1 was flagged off November, 2019 at Nsulu GAMES Village in Isialangwa, Abia State.
The General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Major General Adegboye said since the commencement of the exercise troops at various Super Camps have curtailed a lot of threats to security based on accurate intelligence reports in collaboration with other security agencies.
He disclosed that troops on routine patrol arrested one impostor, 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 said, troops of sector 5 on patrol Nov. 27 at Opi, near Nsukka, were tipped-off by locals on activities of criminals suspected to be involved in stealing electric cables in the town.
He said a pursuit by own troops led to the arrest of one of the criminal Ifeanyi Agbaraenyi; while the other two fled on sighting own troop.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the vandal came from Udi, Onitsha and Enugu.
“However, his attempt to bribe the soldiers with N700,000 was stiffly resisted by the soldiers,’’ he said.
The GOC assured that the 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) person(s) or object (s).
He said, “The public should report through Nigerian Army emergency call up no 193 or other Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1 Sectors call up earlier published.
“I wish to thank the good citizen of South-East for their continuous support and goodwill as troops deployed for Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1 create conducive environment before, during and after the Yuletide’’.
The suspects who confessed to the their involvement in the various criminal acts have been handed over to the police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps commands in Enugu State for further investigation and prosecution.