Godwin Akhenamen, a 33-year-old man who has been posing as a police officer for the past 12 years has been arrested by the Lagos State Police command.
According to DAILY POST, the suspect was arrested after he failed to tell them who the Inspector General of Police is. He was reported to have broken down and confessed that his actions were motivated by his love for the force.
Akhenamen was arrested on Monday, July 6, 2015 at Ikeja when the men of the X-squad noticed an irregularity in the service number attached to his uniform.
According to reports, the suspect denied having any family member or friend by the name of Solomon Arase when he was questioned if he knew who the IG. The X-squad proceeded to arrest him. Akhenamen later revealed how he had severally tried to get into the Nigerian Police Force and how his efforts constantly met with brick walls.
Akhenamen said, “I love the Police profession and have always wanted to be a policeman. But several attempts made to join failed. The reason was based on the ground that I did not finish my primary school education.
“In 2003, I decided to join the SPY police training, but by the time I got to Ikeja, I was told that registration had closed. I went back to my private security job only to be sacked two weeks later.
“Living became difficult and I could not go out to look for job because I had no money to transport myself.
“So, I borrowed money to get black material with which I made this uniform; to enjoy free transportation to any destination of my choice.
“People also accorded me due respect because they thought I am a policeman. I swear I do not steal with it. Things were moving smoothly for me for 12 years until X-Squad men accosted me and asked if I knew Arase.
“I thought the person reported me to them and I asked them what offence the person leveled against me, not knowing he is the IG.”
DSP Kenneth Nwosu, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident and said that Akhenamen would be charged to court as soon as possible.