The police in Ebonyi State, on Tuesday, said they had arrested a 25-year-old man, Moris Mbam, who had been parading himself as a soldier of the Nigerian Army in the state and beyond.
Punch correspondent gathered that the suspect hails from the Okpuitim community in the Izzi Local Government Area of the state and had been declared wanted by the police since December 25, 2018, after he allegedly held occupants of a residential building in Onu-Ebonyi, a suburb of Abakakili metropolis, hostage for over two hours.
Briefing journalists on the success recorded by the command before, during and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammed Mustafa, pointed out that Mbam was nabbed by police operatives attached to the Central Police Station, Abakaliki, at a commercial bank in Enugu, while attempting to withdraw proceeds of his illegal exploits.
Mustafa stated, “He has been taking people hostage and as he went about intimidating people and claiming that he was a soldier, the police got wind of his activities and our men swung into action and got him arrested.
“And before his arrest, he had been on our wanted list and he was arrested on January 11, 2019. He had for long been parading himself as a soldier before the operatives of the Nigeria Police from the ‘A’ Division (i.e. Central Police Station Abakaliki) arrested him.”
The police boss said the suspect was in the habit of extorting money and goods from innocent citizens under guise of being an officer of the Nigerian Army, adding that on December 25, 2018, he held occupants of a residential block hostage in Onu-Ebonyi and extorted from them N40,000 and one Tecno KA7 Spark phone.
He said the phone had since been recovered.
The suspect confessed to the crime and told our correspondent that he had sold a phone to somebody for N10,000, but the buyer paid him N7,000 instead of the complete agreed sum, stressing that he told the man that he was a soldier so as to get the balance on time.