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Driver confesses to impersonation to avoid police bribe



The Federal Road Safety Corps , Onitsha Unit Command , has arrested a 60 -year-old bus driver , Mr. Benedict Oputa, for allegedly impersonating a naval officer.
Oputa was arrested in Onitsha on his way from Asaba on Sunday .

The FRSC Unit Commander in Onitsha, Mr. Paulinus Akpotobo , said the suspect had been indulging in the act since 2010 .

He said Oputa, whose vehicle plied the Asaba-Onitsha route, had, each time he was stopped, claimed to be a naval officer.

“ Today (Sunday ), an officer who had accosted him several times in Asaba, flagged him down and as usual , he brandished his fake naval identity card.

“ On further interrogation, he claimed that he was a master warrant officer, a designation that was strange to the Navy. He could not mention the name of his commander ,” he said.

Oputa , a father of four, said he had been into transport business for over two decades .

He said, “ These people (FRSC ) and the police always disturb us to give them N50 each time we ply this road . That was why I used the naval identity card as a pass . Although I am not a naval officer, I have worked as a civilian maintaining electrical installations at the Navy Barracks in Lagos . ”

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