The suspects

Jethro Ibileke/Benin

The police in Benin, Edo State, have arrested four persons for allegedly posing as men of the Nigerian Army.

The suspects are: Iyoragie David, Emmanuel Musa, Kingsley Egharevba and Chibuike Nwabali,

The suspects were said to have put on uniforms of the Nigerian Army when they were arrested at Okhuaihe village, along Benin/Asaba Road, by local vigilante who were in search of some kidnappers.

The suspects were later handed over to the police on suspicion that they were members of the kidnappers. Investigations, however, showed that two of them were ex-service men.

One of the suspects, David who hailed from Bayelsa State, said he left the military school some times ago, adding that he knew that he was not supposed to wear the uniform after leaving the military.

He said he and his collegues went to visit a friend in the area before they were arrested and “didn’t know that somebody was abducted in that area.”

On his part, Musa said he used to wear the uniform when he was driving because he did not return all the military kits when the left the army, while Kingsley who claimed to be a member of the Man O’War and not a military personnel, said; “I used this uniform when I am going for parade.”

Edo State Police Commissioner, Haliru Gwandu, who paraded the suspects before journalists, said the they would be charged to court after investigation had been concluded.