In his defense, the fake policeman identified as Joel Ojo, said the guns and the police Identity Card recovered from the gang were given to him by Muhammed, his friend who is a Chief Superintendent of Police in Abuja.
The arrest which was made on Monday, September 28, at about 11pm, happened when the gang members, were stopped by a police patrol team, and their vehicle searched.
Two pump-action rifles, two pistols with several cartridges, a police I.D. card and a police uniform were said to have been recovered from the car, while the suspects were arrested.
They were thereafter transferred to the state Special Anti-Robbery Squad for further investigation.
But 58-year-old Ojo claims he was taking the rifles for repair and that he used the guns for security work, and not robbery.
He said, “We were arrested at about 11pm for driving against the traffic. The guns were in my car and I was taking them for repair. I am not the owner of the guns. I started to use the police I.D. card and the guns early this year. I work as a security man.
“Just assist me. The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Kokumo, ordered our arrest.
“We were taken to SARS. As I speak with you, I am having headache and I cannot speak too much. It was one of my police friends who gave me the I.D. card and the guns. He is my friend; he is a CSP. He had also worked as a Divisional Police Officer. He knew I was a security man and he said I should have them. His name is CSP Muhammed attached to the Force headquarters, Abuja.”