A 25-year-old man has been arrested by the Nigerian Navy for posing as a naval officer and allegedly defrauding unsuspecting members of the public in Cross-River State.
The suspect, James Nkanu from Usumutong in the Abi Local Government Area of the state was nabbed with a fake Nigerian Navy identity card and three Automated Teller Machine cards, with other items.
Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Victory, Commodore Julius Nwagu who paraded the suspect on Saturday told newsmen that Nkanu was nabbed after the personnel of the NNS Victory intensified efforts to about the case.
”Nkanu was arrested on Wednesday, January 23, at Eta Agbor, Calabar, by the men of the NNS Victory over an alleged case of impersonation.
”Aside being dressed in the naval camouflage, he was caught in possession of fake NN identity card, copies of naval recruitment forms and credentials of suspected victims as well as three different ATM cards belonging to him and two other suspected accomplices.
”He even claimed to be operating from the office of the Chief of Naval Staff in Calabar. Prior to his arrest, the suspect, an acclaimed final year student of the Cross River State University of Technology, was alleged to have paraded himself as a midshipman in the Nigerian Navy.
”Surprisingly, even his family members thought he was naval personnel on study leave. The suspect, during interrogation, voluntarily confessed to the alleged offences.”