Unsuspecting motorists and passers-by must have come across them along the Apapa-Ohodi Expressway looking smart in their military uniforms.

They probably must have saluted them or even exchange pleasantries while admiring their 'commitment to duties'

The motorists had no idea of their true identities as every one on military uniform deserves a certain amount of respect.

Kingsley Chukwueke and Chidi Ibrahim pretend to be military officers in order to extort money from motorists.

When Kingsley, the fake naval officer and Chidi, the fake soldier stopped a trader in Idumota, they must have thought it was going to be another smooth operation. 

They were however arrested by policemen from the Zone 2 Command, Lagos.

Chukwueke, Ibrahim and a tailor, Alaba Akanni, were paraded at the Zone 2 Command, Onikan, on Tuesday.

A source had said operatives attached to the command were on a routine patrol along the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, when the suspects were caught robbing their victim, a trader in Idumota.

He said, “On May 6, around 12am, we were on a routine patrol along the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway. There was serious traffic on the road. A diversion was created to ease the traffic.

“We, however, observed an ash-coloured vehicle, blocking a Toyota Corolla, belonging to the victim. We swiftly moved to the place and saw Chukwueke and Ibrahim at the spot.

“When we challenged them, Chukwueke claimed to be a naval rating.  He left and returned a few minutes later with two naval ratings.

“He brought out his identity card. One of the naval ratings he brought examined the ID card and said it was fake; we then arrested him.

“We asked the motorist what the problem was and he said they were robbing him of his personal effects. When we queried Chukwueke, he said he didn’t take any money from the man. However, when we searched him, we found N12,500 on him.”

The police were said to have recovered a bag containing a naval uniform, a naval cap, singlet and belt from the suspect.

The complainant, Paschal Omuokafor, said he had closed from work on the day when he was attacked by the men.

He said, “They used a car to block me and collected my money, two phones and even car key. They said they were military men. The police, who were in the area, arrested them. Their accomplices, who were armed and rode on two motorcycles, fled.”

However, the suspects denied the allegations.

The matter is still under investigtion.