By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
A 35-year-old dismissed Inspector of Police has been paraded by the Anambra State Commissoner of Police, Anambra State Police, John Abang for impersonating as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), along with a member of his gang, one Ismaila Ahmed, 37, in Ihiala by operatives.
The suspect, Hassan Abubakar, a native of Otukpo in Benue state in an interview with journalists at the State Command in Amawbia, said he delved into crime out of frustration following his dismissal from the Police Force in 2015 for ‘miss-firing.’
Abubakar who was paraded at the police headquarters alongside other 85 suspected cultists, said it was his only means he had to fend for his after an endless wait for reinstatement.
His words, “I was demised by police as an Inspector for misfiring. I was on a special duty from R15,42 squadron Zamafra State to Lagos along Lekki pensulla, near Moroko police division.
“There was information that armed robbers were coming towards our direction and we stopped the vehicle but they refused and in high speed.
“By the time we knew it, they shot one of my Inspector and I returned fire, the vehicle somersaulted three times and Police recovered three pistols in the vehicle.
“Finally, it was discovered that one of the occupants was the son of the former governor of River state Peter Odili.
“When the police dismissed me, I waited to be reinstated and since I have nothing to do and I have five children I have to be wearing police uniform to escort motors.
“Whenever I see escort, I will follow them to get money to feed my family.”
According to him, his doom day came when he bought a corolla car from one Godwin Abba at the cost of eight hundred thousand naira, not knowing the car was stolen and had a tracker.
He added, “The money for the car was transferred from my Eco bank account to the seller’s Fidelity bank account,
“Since I cannot drive, I have to engage a driver. I wore police uniform so that the custom will not disturb us since there was no duty paid on the motor.
“I used the uniform to influence security operatives to pass us. Along the line, I was arrested along Ihiala road after my explanation, nobody wants to hear or listen to me. I know who sold the car to me and I can identify him.”
Abubakar called on the police to thoroughly investigate the case, insisting that he had never handled rifles since he was dismissed from Police.
Earlier in his address, the CP denied accepting a Fifteen million bail fee for the bail of Awka market leader, Emeka Agumadu, aka “Baby Awka”.
He said that the market leader was released for lack of concrete evidence saying that investigation to the matter is still ongoing.
He said, “Baby Awka was not released on the order of the state Governor, Willie Obiano or because he is an APGA chieftain. He was released because of lack of concrete evidence. Investigation is still being carried on in matter, hence I cannot talk on that.
“Baby Awka did not pay Fifteen million naira for his bail. I don’t know where you got that from”
By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka