Two men said to be living in Lagos State have been arrested by operatives of the Delta State Police Command at the Asaba end of the Onitsha Head Bridge after they were found wearing police uniforms inside a vehicle suspected to have been stolen, the command announced on Wednesday, August 4.
The two men, whose names were given as Bankole Odunsi and Samuel Idowu, and who were said to be living in Lagos State, were arrested inside a Ford car at the Asaba end of the Head Bridge by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Delta State Police Command during a stop-and-search.
It was gathered that the policemen suspected the two men based on the way they wore the police uniforms found on them. While Bankole Odunsi was said to have worn the uniform of a police officer, Samuel Idowu was found wearing a T-shirt with police colour and logo.
According to a statement by the state Police Commissioner, Mr Ari Muhammed Ali, shortly after the parade of the two men and other suspected criminals at the Police Headquarters, Asaba, on Wednesday, when the men were searched by police operatives, a toy pistol was found with them inside the car.
Following the discovery and their inability to explain what they were doing with the toy pistol, they were promptly arrested by the police operatives.
The statement said when the men were interrogated, they first said they were police officers but after some time, they claimed to be SPY policemen who move from one state to the other to perform police duties.
The statement added that investigations about them are ongoing as the police are trying to unravel why they came all the way from Lagos to Asaba.
According to the statement posted on the Facebook wall of the command: “RRS operatives, while on stop-and-search duty at the Asaba end of the Onitsha Head Bridge, intercepted a Ford car with two occupants.
“The occupants were Bankole Odunsi from Lagos wearing a police uniform and Samuel Idowu also from Lagos, who was wearing a T-shirt with police colour and logo.
“During a search of their vehicle, a toy pistol was recovered from them and they were promptly arrested.
“Also, during their interrogation, they initially said they were police officers, but after some time, they later changed their claim, saying they were SPY policemen moving from one state to the other.
“Investigations are ongoing about them as policemen are trying to unravel why they came all the way from Lagos State to Asaba.”