He Makes N15,000 Daily As Fake Policeman
Gregory Anyasodo is not new to arrests for criminal offences but the curious thing is that he seems to have an expertise for impersonation.
The suspect, had been arrested six times for impersonating
officials of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the Joint
Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in his home town, Owerri North, Imo
He had also been arrested three times by policemen attached to Shell Camp, Owerri, over a similar offence.
He, apparently, relocated to Lagos state after exhausting all the goodwill he had in Imo state, knowing he might not be freed if caught again.
On arrival in Lagos, he found a way to get a fake police identity card with service number 14873.
He even gave himself the rank of an Inspector, attached to the Lagos State Task Force and Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
He has since been milking traders around the Oshodi area of their daily earnings by accusing them of several offences.
'Business' has been good.
His bubble busted on Thursday after a trader, Mrs Emmanuela Joseph, from whom Anyasodo collected a handbag, reported him to RRS operatives at Oshodi.
She said the suspect seized the bag from her, threatening to arrest her and that she had 125,000 Naira in the bag.
The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of the Lagos State Police Command took up the matter and went after him.
The 47-year-old father of six was arrested and has been detained for further investigation.
During interrogation, Anyasodo said: "I have been into this business since December 2016. I left my wife with six children for Lagos, in preparation for a church's convention in Lagos, which was held in February at Ijesha.
"I came early for the programme with the intent to seize the opportunity to look for job in Lagos. Occasionally, people allowed me to sleep at their balconies and corridors after convincing them that I am a stranger.
"Sometimes I slept in hotels. When I couldn't get a job, I ventured into impersonation. I have been arrested six times in Owerri for impersonation.
"I have impersonated WAEC and JAMB officials. I have also been arrested thrice by Shell Camp police, Owerri for impersonation.
"What I do is move close to my victims, who are mostly traders without shops. I would show them my identity card and threaten to invite my colleagues if they fail to settle me.
"I collect whatever they gave me and walk away. I make between N10,000 to N15,000 daily."
"I regret my action, most especially because I never sent a dime to my wife in Owerri to take care of the children I left in her care. I only call her occasionally. I thought I would make more money from impersonating the police."
Police sources stated that the graphic artist, who designed the police identity card for the suspect and the printer had also been arrested.
The suspects, as gathered, had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Yaba.