For 12 years, Godwin Akhenamen, has paraded himself as a police constable. Luck however ran out on him when his failure acknowledge who Mr. Solomon Arase (Inspector General of Police), led to the detection that he is a fake policeman.
33 year old Akhenamen was arrested in Ikeja when operatives of Lagos State Police Command X-Squad sighted him fully kitted in a SPY police uniform.
The X-squad accosted him on the suspicion that he was a fake policeman owing to the irregularity in his service number. Akhenamen, who initially, had insisted he was a police officer, later owned up and said his action was inspired by love for the profession.
Sources disclosed that when Akhenamen was asked if he knew Mr. Solomon Arase, ( the Inspector General of Police), he replied that he didn’t have any relative or friend who bore such name.
At this juncture, he was arrested, and in the course of being interrogated, he revealed that he was not a policeman.
Akhenamen disclosed that he had made attempts on several occasions, to join the Nigeria Police without luck.
According to him: “I love the Police profession and have always wanted to be a policeman. But several attempts made to join failed. The reason was based on the ground that I did not finish my primary school education.
“In 2003, I decided to join the SPY police training, but by the time I got to Ikeja, I was told that registration had closed. I went back to my private security job only to be sacked two weeks later.
“Living became difficult and I could not go out to look for job because I had no money to transport myself.
“So, I borrowed money to get black material with which I made this uniform; to enjoy free transportation to any destination of my choice.
“People also accorded me due respect because they thought I was a policeman. I swear I do not steal with it. Things were moving smoothly for me for 12 years until X-Squad men accosted me and asked if I knew Arase.
“I thought the person reported me to them and I asked them what offence the person levelled against me, not knowing he is the IG.”
Lagos State Command spokesman, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident and said that the suspect would soon be charged to court.