A 32-year-old fake Assistant Superintendent of Police, Abdulrasak Sani was arrested recently by men of the Lagos State Police Command.
The arrested suspect also had in his possession police identity cards, police letterheads and recruitment forms which he allegedly distributes to unsuspecting candidates who want to join the police force for a fee.
According to reports, Sani who also issues out permits to tankers conveying petroleum products from Port Harcourt, Rivers State to Lagos was nabbed when he escorted a truck to a filling station in Lagos.
Sani who claimed to be attached to the office of the Deputy Inspector-General of police said being unemployed in the last 10 years made him decided to engage in forgery after a friend in the police assisted him to produce fake documents.
“I was formerly a constable, but the authorities dismissed me in 2006 after I was involved in illegal oil bunkering. Since that time, I had been out of job and my mother had been the one feeding me and my three children.
“When I could no longer bear it, I contacted my friend, Sergeant Adamu Hassan, who is attached to the Trinity Police Division, Apapa. He was the one that produced the ID card, recruitment forms and letterheads. I started using them to make money.
“I am based in Eleme, Port Harcourt. My clients, who already have my phone number, usually call me for business. I collect N60,000 to escort a tanker from Port Harcourt to Lagos. When I get to Lagos, I meet with my friend, Hassan. I have paid him a total of N150,000 for his efforts.
“I have done this business for one month and escorted six trucks.” Sani said.
While advising members of the public to be wary of impersonators, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, also noted that all efforts are being made to flush out people who smear the name of the Nigerian police.
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