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Prophetess Posing As Police Officer Arrested In Lagos

It was end of the road for a 45-year-old prophetess who has been impersonating as a police officer for about 15 years and extorting money from people.

The prophetess identified as Jumoke Mutairu, and her 29-year-old accomplice, Uzoma Johnson, were arrested by the Lagos state police command for extorting money from the public in the the pretext that they are officers of the force.

While parading the suspects, Lagos State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, said they were arrested wearing black T-shirts with police crest and logo and black berets with police insignia.

Edgar said the police were still searching for the alleged leader of the group who is currently at large.

The police boss further said,” The suspects upon interrogation said they had been in the business for 15 years and were trained for six months by their alleged leader, identified as Johnson O. Oni, the founder of Chosen Ministry Church.”

He said upon interrogation, Mutairu confessed that she did not claim to be a police officer but a security agent in order to create awareness for people on issues relating to crime, adding that the uniform was provided for them by Oni, who employed them.

“ I have been doing the job for 15 years, we don’t collect salary, we only get commission on the materials we sell. We sell an outline which goes for N1,200 and my commission is N300 on each one.”

Her accomplice, Johnson, on his part said, “I have only worked with the group for three weeks. We go around in police uniforms as security personnel, creating security-alert and selling their outline.”

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Edgar further described the arrest as a breakthrough in policing, putting an end to stories of unprofessional police officers which had been soiling the image of the force.

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

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