A 70-year-old self-acclaimed retired Army Colonel, who parades himself as a Presidential Adviser, was on Sunday arrested by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command.
The command’s Spokesman, ASP Anjuguri Manzah, presenting the suspect to the media, said the suspect was arrested on October 18 in Maitama area of Abuja, following a tip-off.
According to him, Police operatives attached to the Maitama Division acting on a tip-off arrested the yet-to-be-named fake Colonel who claimed to be the Special Adviser to the President on Defence Matters.
Manzah said that the suspect, who upon arrest confessed to the crime, specialized in defrauding influential people in the society, had gone to the area to meet up with an appointment with a former state governor.
The spokesmen said the accused also confessed that he only hides under that guise to solicit for juicy contracts or financial favour from his high profile victims.
“One fake identification card and five complimentary cards were recovered from him,” Manzah added, noting that the suspect, who said he worked with the Bauchi State Government up to 1990, said he had been in the business for over three years.
“I thought it was an easy way to feed my family,” the spokesman quoted the accused.
Manzah said that the suspect had been transferred to the Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department for further investigation.
The spokesman enjoined members of the public to be vigilant and always provide the police with information about criminal elements.
He also charged residents to take advantage of the police emergency help lines.