Mr Abdullahi Yakubu was at the time of his arrest, dressed in the Nigerian Army camouflage uniform and combat boots.

Everything looked perfect and he seemed real but on interview, he could not provide correct answers to the questions asked, thereby exposing him as an impersonator.

Perhaps, a little more modesty would have helped him conceal his crime for longer but further probing revealed that the culprit had been in the habit of harassing and extorting members of the public under the guise of being a soldier.

He also presents fake identification card but his luck ran out on Monday, April 10 when a naval patrol team arrested him at Kara, Atani road, Onitsha, Anambra for alleged impersonation.

The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, told this story to newsmen in a statement on Friday in Onitsha.

“The patrol team, on April 10, at about 2:50 p.m., handed the culprit to troops of 302 Artillery Regiment deployed for duty at the Onitsha Head Bridge,” Col. Musa said.

The deputy director said the suspect had since been questioned at the Regiment’s Military Police Orderly Room, with the view to handing him over to the police for further action.

He urged members of the public to take note of the occasional tendency of hoodlums who disguised as military personnel to defraud them.

“The public are also requested to report such bad elements when seen to the nearest police station or any security office close to them,” Musa said.