By Oladipupo Mojeed
The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command have apprehended a man who has been impersonating police officers and extorting people in Oshodi.
The suspect, identified as Gregory Anyasodo, a 47-year-old man, from Imo state, was arrested on Thursday after stealing N125,000 from one of his victims, a trader in Oshodi.
The unsuspecting victim, Emmanuella Joseph, had approach RRS officials stationed in Oshodi to report Anyasodo’s threat to arrest her and the confiscation of her handbag containing N125,000.
How he was arrested
A search around the area led to the arrest of Anyasodo and the recovery of a radio that looked like a walkie-talkie and a Police Identity Card, which portrayed him as an Inspector attached to the Lagos Taskforce and Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
During his confession, the suspect acknowledged seizing the trader’s bag but did not steal her money as alleged by the victim.
“I have been in the trade since December 2016. I came to Lagos before Christmas in preparation for The Lord’s Chosen convention in Lagos, which was held in February 2017 at Ijesha.
“My early coming for the programme was for me to seize that opportunity to look for job in Lagos. When I couldn’t get a job, I ventured into impersonating the police,” he explained.
He also stated further that he had been arrested six times in Owerri for impersonation.
“I have impersonated WAEC and JAMB officials. I have been arrested thrice by Shell Camp police, Owerri for impersonation.
“I am a father of six. I left my wife with six children when I was coming to Lagos. I have been sleeping in hotels since I got to Lagos.
“Occasionally, people allow me to sleep on the balconies and corridors of their house after I had convinced them that am a stranger. I make between N10,000 to N15, 000 daily parading myself as a police officer and extorting innocent people.
He revealed that he makes money by threatening the traders.
“I show them my identity card and I threatened to invite my colleagues if they failed to settle me. I collect the money and I move away,” he stated.
“I am sorry, I have not sent a dime to my wife in Owerri to take care of the six children I left in her possession but occasionally, I call her. I thought of impersonating police because it would fetch me more money,” he confessed.
Also arrested with Anyasodo were the graphic artist who designed the Police Identity Card for him and the owner of the business centre.
The three suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.