Yusuf Anas, a former police officer who had been dismissed, was arrested by operatives from the Nigeria Police Force, Zone 17 in Akure, Ondo State, on charges of suspected impersonation and theft.
Anas was apprehended following his purchase of a mobile phone from a store, where he is alleged to have initiated a fraudulent bank transfer to the seller.
The suspect in question reportedly joined the Force as a Constable in 2016 and carried out his duties in Sokoto and Lagos states. However, he was later declared a deserter and subsequently discharged from the police service.
The spokesperson for the NPF Zone 17 Command, Akeem Adeoye, confirmed the arrest through a statement released on Wednesday, September 13, 2023.
He said the suspect had been parading himself as a uniform officer despite being dismissed from the Force, adding that he was arrested following a petition to the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in the zone.
“On the 8th of May 2023, the suspect who was still parading himself as an officer, dressed in uniform went to purchase a Techno-Spark10 handset valued at one hundred and two thousand naira (N102,000) at a phone shop. After collecting the said phone, he generated a fake bank transfer to the seller.
“The crime was later reported via a petition to the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 17 and the suspect was subsequently arrested through viable intelligence gathering,” he said.
The image maker said that the suspect, in the course of interrogation, allegedly confessed to having committed the crime, stressing that he would be prosecuted accordingly.