Fake soldiers arrested for killing police officer in Lagos

Two fake soldiers identified as 45-year-old Kehinde Elijah and Eze Joseph have been arrested by the Police for alleged involvement in the killing of a police sergeant identified as Onalaja Onajide.

Fake soldiers arrested for killing police officer in Lagos

According to reports, the police officer, attached to Ilemba Hausa Division, Ajamgbadi was shot dead on May 10 in front of the division.

It was also learnt that the suspects were apprehended at the weekend by a team led by Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Yahaya Adesina, a Chief Superintendent (CSP) who reportedly witnessed the incident that night.

According to The Nation, Elijah, a dismissed soldier sacked for deserting the battle against the insurgents in the Northeast, paid frequent visits to the police station pretending to be a serving soldier.

Police sources revealed that the suspect was being watched after his motorcycle was impounded that day and later in the night, a Lexus Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) carrying men dressed in military uniforms was spotted around the division shortly before Onajide as shot.

Elijah had visited the division several times in full military attire but was eventually arrested Saturday evening when he was taken before the DPO who figured he was an impersonator.

He reportedly confessed during interrogation that he deserted the army with his firearm and other military accoutrements including three military uniforms.

Similarly, in the course of investigation, Joseph, a resident of Imude Pako in Era Road, Ajangbadi was trailed to his residence where three other impersonators allegedly fled and the police recovered three other army uniforms.

Reacting to the incident, Police spokesman Bala Elkana said the deceased sergeant was shot by hoodlums.

“He was shot by some hoodlums. We have suspects in our custody with respect to that case and we are trailing others. Investigation is ongoing,” said Elkana

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