As it appears, there is hardly anything that cannot be faked in the famous Aba. Three suspected fake soldiers have been arrested by members of the Nigerian Army. The arrest was conducted by the Forward Operation Base, FOB, 144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Aba, Abia State. The suspects were nabbed for stealing NITEL underground cables.
The Officer in Charge of the base, Capt. Chris Nwogu, told newsmen in Aba that the suspects included a dismissed lance corporal from the Army Headquarters Garrison, Abuja and a civilian. Nwogu said the suspects paraded themselves as soldiers. He said a man who claimed to be a cadet with a fake Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) identity card was also arrested.
According to him, the suspects were part of the syndicate which had been dragging the image of the military in the mud by their nefarious acts. He said: “We are advising unsuspecting Nigerians to be at alert. These men would wear the military uniform to rob and perpetrate all sorts of crimes… If you see the uniforms, you will wonder if this man wants to open his own army. One of them was even seen with army garrison headquarters’ cap. You will think they are real soldiers. Now nemesis has caught up with them.”
Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to dealing on fake military kit. Items recovered from them included 18 pairs of trousers, 45 face caps, 6 singlets, 8 top jackets and 15 bags. The others are 5 jungle hats, military shorts, 24 small belts, 3 stamps, ink pads and 3 T- shirts. Nwogu said that the suspects would be handed over to the State Security Services (SSS).