Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force have arrested a 35-year-old Togolese man, Omoakin Friday Kojo for alleged impersonation and extortion.
The suspect was arrested around Ikeja railway line with a fake Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps, LAGESC, identity card.
SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force disclosed that the suspect was arrested by the agency’s enforcement team following an official complaint about the suspect’s illegal activities.
He noted that the suspect and his cohorts still at large paraded themselves as officers of LAGESC with fake identity cards to defraud their victims.
The Chairman hinted that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect and his accomplices have been in the illegal business for six years. He said they move across the state arresting pedestrians who cross express roads to avoid bridges provided by the government.
Egbeyemi said Kojo further confessed that they were 4 in a group and that their routine operations cut across Ikeja, Berger, Oshodi, Ojota, Ojodu and Mile 2.
Kojo said he made an average of N8,000 to N10,000 per day from arrested pedestrians who would preferred not to be prosecuted in court.
“I made more money in the morning when people were rushing to work and also in the evening when they were going home as they rushed crossing express roads defying the pedestrian bridges,” he said.
Also, Egbeyemi commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for the on-going developmental projects across the state particularly the construction of additional modernised pedestrain bridges and lay-bys for commuters along major highways.
While urging members of the public to be wary of touts who impersonate law enforcement officers of the state, the chairman however confirmed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi has directed that the suspect be charged to court.
The Commissioner of Police further charged the Task Force boss to ensure that other perpetrators at large were arrested and brought to book to serve as deterrent to other people.