The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a motorcyclist, Kehinde Alani, for allegedly forging a police ID card. Alani was arrested on Friday at the Police College, Ikeja, while taking his friend on a motorcycle for a police job interview at the college.
The suspect had wanted to ride the motorcycle into the college when he was intercepted by policemen guarding the gate. The 41-year-old was said to have claimed to be a member of the Force, asking the guards to allow him entry. Upon interrogation, the police discovered he was fake, leading to his arrest.
The suspect, who was paraded at the police headquarters, Ikeja, owned up to the crime.
He said, "I am a motorcyclist from the Badagry area of Lagos State. The man I brought for the police interview always assisted me to move goods from Seme, Benin Republic, because he has links with customs.
"When he told me he had been invited for a job interview and he was coming to the police college, I told him I knew the place and I could take him there.
"When we were about to enter through the gate, the policemen started interrogating me. One of them asked me which division I was attached to and I couldn’t answer him. He asked for my ID card, which I showed him. He said I was an imposter and arrested me."
He told Punch that constant harassment by the police forced him to seek help, after the police had seized three motorcycles from him.
"The police have seized three motorcycles from me during the time of Fashola (a former Lagos State Governor). I got the first motorcycle on hire purchase for N280,000 but it was collected from me and taken to the Alausa secretariat.
"I got another one on hire purchase for N220,000, but the police took that from me as well. My family members, who took pity on me, contributed money and bought the third motorcycle for me; it was brand new. But policemen from the Igando division seized it.
"A policeman, who was my neighbour, promised to help me. He gave me a mobile police cap and made the ID card. Since that time, the police stopped disturbing me. I regret my actions."