- Two dismissed military men in police custody have allegedly confessed to escorting goods for survival
- They were arrested for allegedly hijacking a truck carrying N13.5 million worth of goods
- The men were dismissed from the military in 2015 and have since resorted to escorting goods for survival
Two dismissed military men arrested in Lagos for allegedly hijacking a truck carrying N13.5 million worth of goods have allegedly confessed to be involved in illegal escort of goods since 2015 as a way of surviving after their dismissal from military service.
They were described by the Lagos state police command as leaders of an armed robbery gang that had been hijacking trucks and diverting goods on highways, Daily Trust reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the military personnel were identified as Moses Johnson, a former lance corporal in the Nigerian Army, his counterpart in the Nigerian Air Force, Akintola Abiodun. Another suspect identified as Osegbu Chidi, was allegedly parading himself as an Army lance corporal.
Speaking with newsmen on Wednesday, September 5, Johnson said: “I never knew that this one was hijacked. I only got a call as usual from Oje Oloja to escort a truck from Ajah to Epe. They have not even paid us before our arrest. What happened was that a truck ran into our vehicle.
"While we were arguing, Oloja came and ordered one man to drive the truck away. I was at home when someone called to say that I should come for another escort job. I was arrested on arrival."
According to the police, on September 2, 2018, the suspects intercepted a truck registration number LSR 266XW, laden with groundnut oil and valued at N13.5 million at Epe, Lagos.
The commissioner of police, Imohimi Edgal, said: “At about 22.30 hours, policemen on stop-and-search duty saw the truck coming and intercepted it. In the process, Monday and Emeka were arrested, and during interrogation, they mentioned Johnson, Abiodun and Chidi as part of the people that hijacked the truck. The truck and goods were recovered intact and the suspects had been identified by the victims. They will soon be charged to court.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that a fake soldier, two dismissed lance corporals and two others were arrested and paraded on Wednesday, September 5, by the Lagos state police command for hijacking a truck laden with vegetable oil on Epe road.
While parading the suspect, the Lagos state police commissioner, Imohim Edgal, said: “They stopped the Kano state-bound truck close to Ijebu Ode and pushed the conductor and the driver out of the vehicle. However, as the duo were trekking towards Epe, Lagos, they came across a policeman and narrated their ordeal to him."
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