Fake Naval Commander arrested in Lagos

A 36-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly posing as a Naval Commander and stealing five cars.

The suspect, Samuel Adekanla who is currently being detained at the Zone 2 Command of the Nigeria Police, Onikan, Lagos was paraded yesterday.

Spokesperson at Zone 2, Lewi Suleiman, a Chief Superintendent (CSP) said the suspect was arrested following a petition sent to the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of the Zone by a Nigerian based in the United States Of America (USA), alleging fraud.

The petitioner in his petition alleged that he gave a clearing agent five cars to clear at Apapa wharf but that the agent was nowhere to be found.

Suleiman said the operatives went into action and arrested the Agent who claimed that a Naval Commander had taken the vehicles away. Operatives commenced search for the fake naval officer and were able to arrest him some weeks later.

It was during interrogation that operatives discovered the suspect was impersonating as a naval officer.

Police conducted a search at the suspect’s residence and recovered navy uniform, an identity card of a Commodore and other items belonging to the military.

Suleiman said during interrogation, the suspect confessed that he was not a navy officer but was using the uniform to dupe unsuspecting victim.

He said the suspect would soon be charged to court for impersonation and obtaining money under false pretense.

Adekanla said: “I feel ashamed of myself because my family members and friends who see me as a naval commander will now discover that I am fake. Well, I won’t go back to the uniform but will use my HND certificate in Marine Engineering to look for a credible job. I am not a naval commander but a merchant navy personnel.  I use to wear the uniform to do some businesses.”


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