Three men suspected to be fake soldiers were arrested on Monday by the Forward Operation Base (FOB), 144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Aba, Abia.
They were nabbed for stealing NITEL underground cables.
Capt. Chris Nwogu, the Officer-in-Charge of the base, told journalists in Aba on Monday that the suspects included a dismissed lance corporal from the Army Headquarters Garrison, Abuja, and a civilian.
Nwogu said the suspects paraded themselves as soldiers, and a man who claimed to be a cadet with a fake Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) identity card was also arrested.
The Captain revealed that the suspects were part of the syndicate which had been dragging the image of the military in the mud by their nefarious acts.
"We are advising unsuspecting Nigerians to be at alert. These men would wear the military uniform to rob and perpetrate all sorts of crimes," he said.
"If you see the uniforms, you will wonder if this man wants to open his own army. One of them was even seen with army garrison headquarters' cap. You will think
they are real soldiers. Now, nemesis has caught up with them."
Nwogu said that on interrogation, the suspects confessed to dealing in fake military kit.
He said that the items recovered from them included 18 pairs of trousers, 45 face caps, 6 singlets, 8 top jackets and 15 bags.
The others are 5 jungle hats, military shorts, 24 small belts, 3 stamps, ink pads and 3 T- shirts.
He said that the suspects would be handed over to the State Security Services (SSS).
Nwogu said the menace was part of the challenges confronting the military, and urged the public to be vigilant about such persons.
Parading the cable vandals, Nwogu said they were arrested at Brass Street, Aba, and had made confessional statements which led to the arrest of buyers of the stolen items, while others were still at
According to him, investigations show that one of them had once been arrested by the police and later released but relapsed to crime.
Nwogu advised criminals to abandon their nefarious activities and engage in lawful ventures, to be useful to themselves and the society.
Tuesday, 30 October 2012