Abimaje Shittu, a 25-year-old man from Egume village of Dekina local council in Kogi State, was arrested by security operatives at Kogi State Polytechnic for possessing a misleading identification card and impersonating a police inspector.
The head of the institution’s Public Relations and Protocol Unit, Uredo Omale, disclosed that the suspect was arrested on October 15, 2022, in an attempt to make his way into the polytechnic’s main campus in Lokoja.
“Shittu who claimed to be a National Diploma (ND) graduate of Accountancy with Matriculation Number 2016/ND/ACCT/188 revealed that the fake identification card number “219264” with the name Abdullahi Saduki in his possession was given to him by his late brother, Ekele Ahiaba, a native of Anyigba, Dekina Local Government Area,” Omale said. “He, further claimed that the said Ekele Ahiaba was a police officer but served in Port Harcourt until his death.”
The culprit further confessed that he has been using the fake ID card for months and aimed to use it to secure easy passage from security checkpoints as a Keke NAPEP operator in Lokoja metropolis.
Additionally, the suspect confessed that he used it to escape public harassment.
“His coming to the institution was to transact business with one Idris Usman who he claimed owns and operates a POS outlet and makes shoes at the students’ centre,” Omale stated, adding he had been handed over to the appropriate security agency for onward investigation.
The arrest of the suspect, Omale said, adds to recent chains of criminals who make their way into the polytechnic, ostensibly to commit crimes.
Usman Ogbo, the institution’s rector, while commending the gallantry of the security operatives, warned against cultism activities in the school.
He also advised those who claim to be security personnel, misleading the general public with fake identifications to desist or would have the institution’s authority to contend with. The rector, however, appealed to everyone to operate within the confines of the law.