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2 Jul 2018

Prophetess Posing As Police Officer Arrested After 15 Years In The Illegal Business

An elderly woman and her accomplice have been arrested by operatives of the Nigerian Police Force in Lagos over alleged impersonation, extortion.
The suspect, Jumoke
A 45-year-old prophetess identified as Jumoke Mutairu, and her 29-year-old accomplice, Uzoma Johnson, have been arrested by the police in Lagos hidding under the pretext of being officers to extort money from the public.

The Lagos police commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, who paraded the suspects, said they were arrested wearing black T-shirts with police crest and logo and black berets with police insignia, adding that the police are still searching for the alleged leader of the group who is currently at large.

According to the police, 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.

When paraded before journalists, Mrs Mutairu said 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.

Mrs Mutairu also said she had been doing the job for 15 years. When asked about her salary, she said, “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.”

Johnson said he had only worked with the group for three weeks and that they go around in their uniforms as security personnel creating security-alert and selling their “outline.”

The police commissioner described the arrest as a breakthrough in policing, adding that stories of unprofessional police officers had been soiling the image of the Police.

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