A 22-year old suspect, Samuel Johnson, who was arrested and paraded for impersonation by the police has confessed that most of the security equipment he allegedly stole or acquired illegally were sold to police officers in various divisions in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
Johnson revealed this when he was paraded at the Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State, southwest, Nigeria.
He was arrested along Lagos-Badagry road while wearing a Nigerian Army uniform.
P.M.NEWS learnt that in the course of further investigation, the police found in his possession other military and police security equipment.
The items recovered from him include army uniforms and walkie talkies.
Johnson from Akwa-Ibom state, southsouth Nigeria, also claimed that his major suppliers are traders at Alaba from whom he buys the equipment and sells to the police officers at a cheap prices.
He denied selling his equipment to armed robbers and said that he wore the uniform whenever he hawked the items at police stations and pretended to be a soldier to safeguard his business.
“I did not know that it was illegal to wear army uniform and sell security gadgets,” he confessed.
He said he was an artist by profession and ventured into the business because it is lucrative.
Johnson was arrested by military intelligence officers who handed him over to the police at Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja.
He regretted venturing into the business, adding that he was only hoping that God would see him through his predicament so that he could live a normal life again.
Police sources told P.M.NEWS that Johnson was being investigated because he was suspected to have been selling those gadgets to armed robbers who have been terrorising Lagosians.