A fake naval officer has been arrested in Lagos state while he was attempting to bail a cultist at a police station.
32-year-old Chime Nwankwo, who has been parading himself as a naval officer was recently arrested when he visited the office of Anti-Cultism unit of the Lagos State Police Command in the Gbagada area of the state.
The Imo State indigene had gone to the police station last Sunday to stand surety for his friend who was arrested for cultism.
To facilitate the bail, he was said to have introduced himself as a naval rating, presenting a fake identity card bearing his name, photograph and purported force number. It was gathered that a policeman Nwankwo met with at the station and became suspicious in the course of their interaction took him up on the ID card.
He was subsequently detained after allegedly giving unsatisfactory responses. A police source told Saturday PUNCH that Nwankwo later confessed that he went for the Nigerian Navy training about five years ago. He, however, said he withdrew from the exercise after six months.
Nwankwo, however owned up to the offence, adding that he used the ID card to ease his friend’s bail. The suspect, who denied using the ID card for fraud, said he used it to protect himself against any form of harassment.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the case, adding that the suspect would be charged to court after investigation.