A man accused of impersonating an army colonel, Prince Onyemauche, paraded at the Army Headquarters in Abuja yesterday.
The Nigerian Army yesterday paraded one Prince Onyemauche accused of impersonation as a Colonel in the army. Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman at the army headquarters in Abuja said he was arrested with an automatic rifle and pistol.
Usman said Onyemauche was arrested alongside one Sergeant Jacob Phillip by troops of 176 Special Forces Guards Battalion last Sunday, along Wazobia Motor Park, Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He said the suspect was driving a Toyota Tacoma pick-up van when he was arrested after earlier escaping checks in Abaji where he claimed to be a colonel.
The army spokesman said after the arrest, both suspects were carried to Gwagwagalada Barracks where a search on the pick-up revealed an AK 47 rifle, with registration number 3290 and four magazines, out of which two were empty while the other two were loaded with 42 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.
“A luger pistol, 21 x 9mm Parabellium ammunition and the sum of one million, eleven thousand, three hundred naira (N1, 011,300.00) was found,” he said.
Usman said initial investigation revealed that Onyemauche had habitually been illegally using soldiers as escorts while travelling out of Lagos to his village in Imo State and sometimes to Abuja.
“The three identified soldiers, including Sergeant Jacob Phillip, who travelled with the suspect without official authorisation, are awaiting trial by a court martial,” he added.
Usman stated that Onyemauche would be handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.
Source: Daily Trust