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Stolen AK-47 rifle, two Magazines, Car Recovered From Fake Soldier Wearing Military Camouflage

A fake soldier who adorned himself with military camouflage and carried an AK-47 rifle stolen alongside two magazines from an official of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has been arrested by operatives of the Nasarawa State Police Command after he came into the state from Plateau State, the command announced on Friday, September 17.

The fake soldier, whose name was given as Timothy Emmanuel, aged 28 years and said to be from Bakin Chiyawa village, Quanpan Local Government Area of Plateau State, was arrested along B.A.D Road, Lafia, Nasarawa State, following an intelligence report.

He was arrested while wearing military camouflage and in possession of an AK-47 rifle with two magazines and driving a black Toyota Corolla vehicle, all of them said to have been stolen by him.

It was gathered that preliminary investigation revealed that the man was never enlisted into the Army but got the uniform from his uncle who is a military personnel serving in Borno State.

After collecting the uniform in Borno, he thereafter moved to Jos, Plateau State, under the guise of being a military personnel and stole the AK-47 rifle and two magazines belonging to a Nigeria Security and Civil Defence personnel serving in Jos.

He was said to have taken away the rifle which was left in his custody by the NSCDC officer who went to do his registration to obtain the National Identity Card after believing that the man was a genuine soldier. 

According to a statement by the state police command shortly after the parade of him and other criminals on Friday by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Adesina Soyemi, posted on the Facebook wall of the command, the man eventually came down to Nasarawa State and started perpetrating his nefarious activities in Karu and Lafia before he was eventually arrested. 

The statement added that the fake soldier had given the police useful information and investigation is ongoing at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia, where he is currently detained. 

According to the statement: “One Timothy Emmanuel, aged 28 years from Bakin Chiyawa village, Quanpan Local Government Area of Plateau State was arrested along B.A.D Road, Lafia, wearing military camouflage and in possession of AK-47 rifle with two magazines and driving a black Toyota Corolla vehicle with registration number ABUJA BWR 973 CD, all suspected to be stolen.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the man, who adorned himself in military camouflage, was never enlisted into the Army but got the uniform from his uncle who is a military personnel serving in Borno State.

After collecting the camouflage, he thereafter moved to Jos under the guise of being a military personnel and went away with the AK-47 rifle and two magazines of a Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps personnel serving in Jos, when the rifle was left with him by the NSCDC officer who went to do his registration to obtain National Identity Card.

“Furthermore, the man came down to Nasarawa State and started perpetrating his nefarious activities in Karu and Lafia before he was eventually arrested. 

“He had given the policemen useful information and investigation is ongoing at State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia, where he is currently detained.”

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