|Fake Police DSP, Ajewole Femi|
…I did it for the love of police job – Suspect
As 54 year-old Ajewole Femi, clad in deputy superintendent of police uniform, was being led by policemen to the Oduduwa office of the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, everyone assumed he could have been arrested for illegal duties .
But no! The Ondo State born father of four was later discovered to have never been enlisted into the Nigeria Police all his life. Rather, he was discovered to have been impersonating as DSP, an act he disclosed to have been engaged in for four years.
But the bubble burst following a complaint by one Olusoji Sadamu at Igando police division last week. Reports said the complainant alleged that Femi collected t N50,000 from him, with a promise to use the money to facilitate his recruitment into the Nigeria Customs Service.
But to Olusoji's disappointment , his name was not included in the list of those who were eventually enlisted . Olusoji reportedly demanded the refund of the amount he said was borrowed , with a promise to pay the lender back when he secured the job.
Having waited patiently , without any words from Femi, Olusoji, according to spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braid, went to report at Igando where, to his surprise, Femi was discovered to have only been masquerading as a police officer.
Parading Femi before journalists, on Friday, Braide disclosed that, during investigation, it was discovered that the impersonators were five with the arrest of another person whose name she gave as Julius Sadamu.
Asked why he took to the illegal act, Femi told Sunday Vanguard it was because of his love for police job. His words: "I have always wished to be enlisted into the Nigeria Police. I have been trying to join the force since but it had not been possible. I also made effort to go into SPY and I was told I would have to register. And if I had to register, they said I must have some military or security experience first".
Asked how he got the police new uniform, he disclosed that he bought it from a serving policeman. "I bought the uniform from one sergeant for N7,000 in February this year" .
Before he started using the new uniform, which is strictly meant for senior police officers from the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police(ASP), the father of four was reportedly using the black and black uniform which he claimed was also bought.
His arrest came as a surprise to residents of Igando who, for long, said they believed he was a serving policeman . His wife and children were alleged to have also been in the dark of their bread winner's true occupation until his arrest. The suspect, according to Braide, would be charged to court for impersonation. She warned others still parading themselves as policemen to desist henceforth or have themselves arrested as Femi.