A soldier recently dismissed for fleeing Maiduguri for fear of the deadly Boko Haram insurgency, and relocating to Lagos to impersonate as a Lieutenant while extorting people, is in a fresh trouble.
28-year-old Emmanuel Anthony, after his dismissal, was arraigned before an Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court in April 2018, for posing as an army lieutenant to commit crime.
His picture was reportedly spotted online by a man who identified him as a member of the gang that snatched his Lexus SUV on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway sometime in February 2018. .
The victim reported to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Ibrahim, at the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, who recalled the Akwa Ibom State indigene from court.
The Zone 2 Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Dolapo Badmos, said Anthony confessed to the crime and would also be charged with robbery.
The suspect said he deserted in 2016 after he was deployed to the North East to fight Boko Haram.
He explained that the fear of being killed by the insurgents made him ignore the posting. As a means of survival, he said he started escorting vehicles using his uniform, adding that he made a fake identity card to evade arrest.
“In February 2018, one of my friends, Agu, took me out in a car and we hit a motorist somewhere along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. It was in the daytime. My friend beat up the man because we both wore army uniform. I wore the rank of a lieutenant, which I bought for N1,500. My friend suggested that we should take the motorist to the barracks. As we pretended to be taking the car to the barracks, the man said we should take the vehicle. We turned around and took the car to my friend’s house at Ayobo, where he found a buyer who bought the car for N1.5m.”
He explained that when he was arrested for the car theft, he took the police to Agu’s residence and it was discovered that he had fled. Anthony denied knowing the address of the buyer of the car. “The army charged me with impersonation after I was arrested at Volks bus stop, on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway. They said I was a deserter and I wore a rank that was higher than mine,” he added.