By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Moves by some imposters at deceiving the public with a false collaboration between an illegal out and the Nigeria Navy (NN) in order to swindle unsuspecting members of the public has been thwarted, New Nigerian Newspapers has learnt.
Our correspondent gathered that three members of the syndicate have been apprehended by officials of the Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT and have been handed over to the police in Lagos for further investigation.
According to a statement by the spokesperson of the NNS BEECROFT made available to journalists today, the suspects were arrested within Isolo area of Lagos on January 1, 2023 by its patrol team in response to alarming reports of fraudulent individuals featuring the image of Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral EI Ogalla in printed posters being circulated.
Identified as Oladele Opeyemi Daniel, 23, Eriwole Ogunlana, 24, and Mubarak Mayegun, 24, the suspects were alleged to have sought to deceive the public into believing there exists a false collaboration between an illegal security outfit, tagged Gallantry Intelligence Corps of Nigeria and the Nigerian Navy.
It reads, ” In a significant development to prevent swindling the general public, the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT patrol team apprehended 3 impostors within the vicinity of Isolo, Lagos State.
” This operation, conducted on 1 September 2023, was initiated in response to alarming reports of fraudulent individuals featuring the image of Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral EI Ogalla in printed posters being circulated. The impostors sought to deceive the public into believing there exists a false collaboration between an illegal security outfit, tagged Gallantry Intelligence Corps of Nigeria and the Nigerian Navy.
” The arrested suspects identified as Oladele Opeyemi Daniel (23),
Eriwole Ogunlana (24) and
Mubarak Mayegun (24), are in custody and would be handed over to appropriate agency for in-depth investigation and prosecution.
” The Nigerian Navy appeals to the public to be mindful of unscrupulous elements, who want to inflict unnecessary hardship by using unpleasant means to lure innocent youths to commit resources for illegitimate employment.
” The Nigerian Navy Under the leadership of Vice Admiral EI Ogalla, reaffirms its commitment to thwarting all forms of illegality and remains resolute in providing conducive employment for law abiding citizens to go about their business as well as ensuring safety and security of the public, which is essential for the economic prosperity of our nation.
” The Navy also urges citizens to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities promptly, as this is crucial in preserving integrity of our defence forces and safeguarding the public from potential scams and fraudulent activities”.