A fake naval rating identified as 32-year-old Chime Nwankwo, has been arrested during a visit to the police station in Gbagada area of Lagos state.
The fake naval rating who visited the Anti-Cultism unit of the Lagos State Police Command on Sunday, had gone to the police station to stand as surety for his friend who was arrested for cultism.
The suspect who presented a fake identity card bearing his name, photograph and purported force number, was arrested a policeman became suspicious in the course of their interaction and took him up on the ID card.
Nwankwo who was detained after allegedly giving unsatisfactory responses, later confessed that he went for the Nigerian Navy training about five years ago. He, however, said he withdrew from the exercise after six months.
“The suspect went to the Anti-Cultism unit with a navy ID card with service no: F3973, bearing his name and picture. He claimed to be a member of the Nigerian Navy attached to Enugu State. His intention was to use the ID card to deceive the police to secure the bail of an arrested suspected cult member,” a source told Punch.
The fake naval rating who denied using the ID card for fraud, said he used it to protect himself against any form of harassment.
“I went for the Nigerian Navy training in 2013 in Enugu, but I did not finish the exercise. My mother asked me to quit the training. Afterwards, I moved down to Lagos and started selling decoration materials.
“Last week, a friend of mine was arrested while he was going to work. He is a Disc Jockey in a hotel. I came to the station with the ID card so that he could be released quickly. I did not know it would turn out like this. I have pleaded with the police to forgive me. My wife is pregnant. I only used the ID card to protect myself” he said.
The suspect will however be charged to court, after investigation is concluded.