Reports have it that some banished members of the Nigerian Army still parade themselves in their uniforms to rob citizens making their routes across the highways.
The Nigerian police disclosed that the ex-soldiers pretend to be members of ‘OP MESSA’, to attack their victims at gunpoint.
Victims are made to drive to an isolated area where they are threatened with guns to come out of their cars and then the ex-soldiers flee with it.
Seven banished soldiers who were caught and admitted being responsible for the criminal act were paraded yesterday (Sept 23) at command’s Officers Mess, GRA, Ikeja.
They identified as Ndidi Oluchukwu, 30; Owolabi Adeyemo, 42; David Olufemi, 47; Iseyin Samuel Isreal, 41; Emeka Ibeh, 29; Samuel Anochime, 36; and Ebedot Stephen, 27.
According to one of the banished soldiers, Ndidi Oluchukwu, he was laid off from the army in 2013 while serving in the North East. “I was dismissed in absentia because I took an excuse from my unit commander to go back home to treat myself. I stayed beyond the one-week period I was given. I went back home and stayed for a while before hooking up with other dismissed soldiers in Lagos. I started my new life by escorting commercial vehicles. I make N3,500 each day. I met other members of the gang while escorting vehicles. We came together to form a new gang,” he added.
While parading the suspects yesterday, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, said the command has been getting so much distress calls from residents in Ijegun and its environs about the criminal acts of the ex-soldiers.
Muazu narrated that one occurred on February 18, 2019, at about 4:30 p.m. whereby an individual travelling to Ibadan from Ijegun was waylaid by the said robbers who took his Lexus RX330 black car at gunpoint.
The complaint was the last straw as the command tasked operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) to locate the robbers and apprehend them. “Members of the gang were arrested at Ijegun, Baruwa Estate, Ipaja, Iyana-ipaja, Ishashi and Ikotun areas of Lagos.”