A 40-year-old man, who paraded himself as the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Ogun State and attempted to pay a courtesy call to the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, was apprehended on Monday.
Dressed in mufti, with two orderlies behind, Tubosun Banjo approached the governor’s office in Abeokuta, the Ogun capital. His mission, to visit Mr. Amosun and probably demand some gratification.
When he met security officials attached to the governor, a confident Tubosun had no fear; after all, he was well prepared, had an identification card, and was well charmed. He introduced himself to the security aides as a Deputy Commissioner of Police and sought audience with the governor.
The aides were confused, they had not met Tubosun before and so doubted his claims. They were however careful not to offend a possible senior police officer.
Luck ran out on Mr. Banjo when the aides demanded further identification. A further interrogation of the visitor revealed that he was only impersonating the Deputy Commissioner of Police.
After a body search, a fake police ID card with the title Deputy Commissioner of Police, a National Identity Card, handsets, and charms were found on Mr. Banjo.
He was arrested along with the two ‘orderlies’ who were members of his entourage.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident. He berated the suspect and said the police will deal with such criminal acts accordingly.
“It is true, the fake policeman had been arrested and cooling his feet with us at the Eleweran Police Headquarters” Mr. Adejobi said.