The Lagos State Police have arrested a 45-year-old Prophetess identified as Jumoke Mutairu, alongside one 29-year-old Uzoma Johnson, for reportedly extorting money from the public while pretending to be Police officers.
Parading the suspects, Lagos State police commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, who disclosed that the police are still searching for the alleged leader of the group who is currently at large, added that the prophetess and her gang member who wore black T-shirts with police crest and logo and black berets with police insignia, were arrested on June 20 at the Alakara area of the state.
Upon interrogation, the suspects reportedly revealed that they have been in the business for 15 years and were trained by their alleged leader, Pastor Johnson O. Oni, the founder of Chosen Ministry Church located at 24, Association Avenue in Ijeshatedo along the Apapa-Oshodi expressway, Lagos.
Speaking to newsmen, the Prophetess Mrs.Mutairu, who disclosed that the uniform was provided for them by Mr Oni, who employed them, further stated that she did not claim to be a police officer but a security agent in order to create awareness for people on issues relating to crime
When asked about her salary, Mrs Mutairu who said she had been doing the job for 15 years, told newsmen;
“We don’t collect salary, we only get commission on the materials we sell. We sell an outline which goes for ₦1,200 and my commission is ₦300 on each one.”
Confessing to the crime also, Mr Johnson said he had only worked with the group for three weeks and that they go around in their uniforms as security personnel creating security-alert and selling their “outline.”
The police commissioner described the arrest of the fake police woman and her gang member as a breakthrough in policing, adding that stories of unprofessional police officers had been soiling the image of the Police.