The Ogun State Police Command said, yesterday, that a 50-year-old man, Hassan Ayinde, claiming to be a colonel in the Army and ADC to President President Goodluck Jonathan has been arrested.
The suspect, who claims to have hailed from Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State was reportedly arrested while cajoling people for money to purchase ram for the Eid-el Kabir in Agbado, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State in the name of the President.
According to a statement read by Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi: “the suspect was arrested in the palace of Alagbado of Agbado, His
Royal Highness, Oba Adedayo Shyllon on Monday, October 14, at about 1400hrs. when he claimed to be a Colonel and the Aide De Camp (ADC) to the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and was soliciting for help to buy ram for sallah”.
Adejobi went on to say in his statement that the traditional ruler smelled a rat when he claimed to be the ADC to the president and was begging for money to purchase ram for sallah; this made the traditional ruler call the police and the impostor was immediately arrested.
On interrogation, Mr Hassan confessed to be a dismissed Air Force officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but parades himself as a Colonel to make ends meet.
He also said he attended the military school in 1979 and was posted to Zuru Kebbi State as a lance corporal; and that he attended the Nigeria Defence Academy in 1980 and passed out in 1985.
The impostor said he worked with the presidency in 1997 before he was dismissed in 1999 as a Wing Commander.
“The suspect, who claims to be residing at the National Defence College, is cooling his feet in our custody and will be charged to court at the end of our investigation”. Adejobi said
“The Command therefore appeals to the general public to beware of such fraudsters who may want to dupe them of their earnings and always contact the police whenever they are in doubt”. The statement read by the Public Relations officer concludes.