The state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezeike, who paraded the suspects – Kingsley Inyang, Edet Okon and Victor Akpan – on Wednesday said they were arrested on April 4, 2017, at Amakohia Ubi, in the Owerri West Local Government Area of the state. where they allegedly defrauded people on the pretext of enlisting them into the Nigerian Army.
Ezeike said the fake soldiers were picked up for allegedly defrauding people on the pretext of enlisting them into the Nigerian Army.
The Police commissioner said the suspects opened an office and mandated their victims to pay N8,000 and N70,000 for medical tests and recruitment exercises, respectively.
Ezeike said items recovered from the suspects include two pairs of army uniforms, a pair of army boots, one camouflage cap, one laptop and other exhibits.
He said the suspects would be charged to court at the end of investigations.
One of the suspects, Inyang, who was dressed in an army uniform, confessed to the crime.
He said the uniform belonged to his father, who was a retired soldier.
He added that his group defrauded 22 people.
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