Men of the Nigerian Airforce have arrested 11 men suspected to be fake naval officers around the Rukpokwu Police checkpoint in Rivers State.
The outgoing Commander NNS Pathfinder, Commodore Sanusi Ibrahim, told journalists on Wednesday while handing over the suspects to the Rivers Police Command, that they (the suspects) disguised as “merchant navy” with the aim of defrauding the public and some companies in the state.
According to Ibrahim the men were arrested by officers of the Nigerian Air Force, before they were handed over to the Navy.
He said, “On June 17, the Air Police of the 97 Special Operations Group, Nigerian Air Force Port Harcourt, arrested 11 civilians around the Rukpokwu police checkpoint parading themselves as naval personnel.
“The Air Force police later handed over the suspects to us (Navy) to enable us to ascertain if they were truly naval personnel, among other details.
“During investigation, the suspects claimed that they were merchant navy personnel, and which further findings revealed the organisation was fictitious.”