Fake CSP uses uniform to extort residents

A fake Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), who has been terrorising residents of Surulere, Lagos State, has been arrested by the police. The impersonator, Olayiwola Animashaun, was arrested on Thursday.

Items recovered from him are a Walkie-Talkie, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation identity card bearing the name Olayiwola Animashaun and his passport photograph.

The suspect later led detectives to his residence where exhibits, including a traffic task force reflective jacket, police statement forms, and a machete were recovered.

He was alleged to have been terrorising residents of Surulere area and its environs, using the police uniform. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed Animashaun’s arrest. Famous-Cole said the suspect had been using the uniform to extort innocent members of the public. He said: “About 4pm on March 16, the command operatives, attached to Area ‘C’ Command, Surulere, arrested Animashaun based on reliable information.

The suspect, over the years, has been parading himself as a police officer and extorting money and other valuables from unsuspecting public. “The suspect was intercepted under the National Stadium Bridge, Surulere, where he was about to resume his criminal activities.

On sighting the patrol team he took to his heels.” Famous-Cole explained that the suspect was chased by policemen, leading to his arrest at Shitta area of Surulere. The PPRO added that the suspect confessed that he was a former official of the Lagos State government, but currently out of job. He confessed to be operating mostly around Tejuosho, Ojuelegba and National Stadium areas.

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