A fake military training base has been uncovered by the police in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
A group of suspected hoodlum are being given short term military training at the fake military base located in Adigbe area of the city.
The state police commissioner, Ahmed Iliyasu, made this known while parading three of members of the syndicate operating the fake military camp before newsmen at the State Police Command Headquarters at Eleweran, Abeokuta.
The paraded suspects included Timilehin Olaniyan, Pelumi Olatunde, and Arowolo Gbenga.
The police chief said operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) raided the fake military training ground after receiving an intelligence on the existence of the camp.
Items recovered, according to the commissioner include two identity cards of Nigerian Navy, one tear gas cannister and two jack knives.
Olatunde, who said he paid over N80,000 for the illegal training, said he was convinced as to the legality of the training because men of Nigeria Army and Department of State Security always visit the site.
He said, “I was an applicant of Nigeria Navy Force, I applied for Nigeria Air Force, I wanted to be a military man because I finished my National Diploma last year, so I obtained the form.
“When I obtained the form, I went to training where I had broken leg, from there I was dismissed and my parents have spent a huge amount of money in Nigerian Air Force and I don’t want them to lose the money.
“I met one man, who was very close to us in our street. I explained my ordeal to him and he promised to help me get into the Navy and I was very glad. He asked me to pay N83,000 and I thought I was going to Nigeria Navy.
“When we saw different news they gave to us, we believed it was true. The Nigeria Army patrol team will come, sit down with us and we believed everything was true. Even men of the DSS came recently and they told us they came to inspect where they wanted to build our armoury and we further believed everything was true.
“I went for pass, I paid for the uniform and we were given the uniform with other colleagues and we were given the ID cards bit. When we were going for pass, they collected the ID card and gave us a military pass. We then went home, I was on sick bed when robbers came to our house.”
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