The state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezeike, said the suspects– Kingsley Inyang, Edet Okon and
Victor Akpan– were arrested on April 4, 2017, at Amakohia Ubi, in the Owerri West Local Government Area of the state, where they allegedly defrauded people on the pretext of enlisting them into the Nigerian Army.
Ezike said the suspects opened an office and mandated their victims to pay N8,000 and N70,000 for medical tests and recruitment exercises, respectively .
The CP explained that two pairs of army uniforms, a pair of army boots, one camouflage cap, one laptop and other exhibits were recovered from the suspects.
Ezike said the suspects would be charged to court at the end of investigations.
One of the suspects, Inyang, who was dressed in an army uniform, confessed to the crime.
He added that his group defrauded 22 people.
When queried on how he got the uniform, the suspect said it belonged to his father, who was a retired soldier.
The CP also paraded the suspected kidnappers of Ben Kpaduwa, a former Principal Manager of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria.
According to him, one of the suspects, Chinedu Imo, who sustained gunshot injuries during a gun duel with the police in the forest where their victim was kept, was confirmed dead in the hospital.
Ezike said all Mobile Police Force personnel and conventional policemen attached to persons without the approval of the Inspector-General of Police would be withdrawn.