The agents of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offenses Unit (Task Force) arrested two suspects in relation to okada ban for posing as security officers in Oshodi area of Lagos.
Speaking about the incident, Agency Chairman CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi revealed that while one of the suspects (Monday) represented a policeman using his commercial motorcycle to search for passengers on restricted routes, the second (Rasak Oloyede) presented himself as an army officer using his commercial bus for fraudulent acts along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
Egbeyemi said that after the arrest of the criminals, the two suspects confessed to the crime, saying that they engaged in it by using the law enforcement uniform so as not to be approached by genuine security officials on monitoring or patrol tasks.
According to him, “intelligent reports have revealed that some dubious-minded motorcyclists are now wearing fake Nigeria Army/Police uniforms to search for passengers on restricted routes, as well as indulging in various forms of fraudulent acts across the state.”
He reiterated the state government’s directive, which stipulates that all security personnel on an official motorcycle mission must be fully equipped with the conspicuously displayed identity card.
The chairman also reiterated that motorcycle operators must give up traveling all 475 restricted routes, adding that they must also wear their helmets and must have the permission of motorcyclists to properly identify to which section they belong while plying other routes.
While asking members of the public to be vigilant and to give up sponsoring motorcyclists and commercial bus drivers wearing a fake safety uniform, the Chairman reported that Lagos State Police Commissioner CP Hakeem Odumosu ordered that both suspects be charged and also prosecuted by the court.
In his statement, one of the suspects (Monday Job), who came from Akwa-Ibom state, confessed that he bought the uniform of a policeman who was sent from Lagos to the northern part of the country with N7000, adding that he has since worn the uniform to carry out an illegal arrest and extort money from drivers and motorcyclists who travel restricted routes along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
“I was selling before I joined the Okada business for over a year and I was wearing this police uniform to arrest and defraud Okada riders and make at least N30,000 to N35,000 daily,” he added.
The second suspect (Rasak Oloyede), who impersonated a sergeant in the Nigerian Army, said he is wearing the uniform he received from a dismissed Army officer to escape from road checkpoints by traffic officers.
He also claimed to be wearing the uniform to extort money from drivers and to charge an average daily charge of N25,000 to N40,000 whenever his Volkswagen commercial bus, under registration number BDG149 XK, had mechanical failures.