Special vigilante group code named Edo State Public Works Volunteers, PUWOV has arrested one Sunday James who identified himself as military personnel with Nigeria Civil Intelligence Agency for harassing and intimidating traders at the popular Ovonramwen Square former known as Ring road in the centre of Benin metropolis in Edo State.
Information from Government House Press in Benin City indicated that the suspect, Sunday James was caught in the act and arrested on Tuesday while on military uniform and seen with identification card of Civil Intelligence Agency.
Edo state commander of PUWOV, Mukhtar Yusuf-Osagie described Sunday James as a fake soldier, adding, the suspect was arrested at the Oba Ovonramwen Square in Benin, with a fake military identification card from the Civil Intelligence Agency, CIA.
According to Yusuf-Osagie, the suspected fake soldier was arrested following intelligence and complaints from residents in the area, adding that the suspect has been handed over to the Oba Market Police Division for further investigation and prosecution.
“Officials of PUWOV have apprehended one Sunday James for impersonating and parading as an officer of the Nigerian Army at the Oba Ovonranmen Square in Benin City. The suspect was arrested wearing military uniforms, with a fake identity card.
“His arrest followed a tip-off that the suspect has been presenting himself as a serving soldier in the area for a while, and has been intimidating and harassing residents, traders and others in the Oba Ovonranmen Square and environs.
“The suspect ran out of luck on December 7, 2021, when he went on with his normal business of harassing and intimidating residents on Camouflage T-shirt, when he was apprehended by PUWOV officials.”
“He has been handed over to the Oba Market Police Division for further investigation and prosecution,” the PUWOV commander said.
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