28th November, 2011
For posing as an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), an unemployed resident of Lagos, Babatunde Fred Dimeji, 43 has been arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos State Police Command.
The suspect who confessed that he had been posing as an ASP for the past two years was arrested at Surulere, Lagos wearing a police â€˜Tâ€™ Shirt and cap.
According to SARS sources, the suspect was seen wearing a police uniform in Surulere and accosted to identify his formation but he could not. He was arrested and taken to his residence where an ASP uniform, different identity cards, a fake University of Nigeria, Nsukka, degreee, Nigerian passport belonging to Omisore Olufunke and other incriminating documents were found.
Babatunde who claimed to be a pastor at Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Okwane in Delta State told the police in his statement that he was married with four children.
He confessed further that he had passion for police work and that he made efforts to be enlisted in the Force in 2009 and 2010 at the Police College, Ikeja but was disqualified when he went for medical test and the result showed that he was said suffering from high blood pressure.
â€œI donâ€™t use the ASP uniform found in my room. I was only using the â€˜Tâ€™ shirt and the cap. I have passion for police work. That is why I applied to join the police in the last two years but I was not enlisted because of my medical record,â€ Babatunde told the police.
He described himself as a school certificate holder who left his Okwane village in Delta State for Lagos in search of greener pastures.
â€œThere were visions that I will be a pastor in my church. But my passion is for police work,â€ Babatunde reiterated, adding that he was not wearing the uniform found in his room on the streets.
Police sources informed P.M.NEWS that the suspect will be arraigned in court this week for impersonation..
â€” Ayodeji Dedeigbo