By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) have arrested a man who impersonated as a journalist with a media outfit, TVC Continental.
According to a press release signed by the Public Relations Officer of task force, Adebayo Taofiq, the Chairman of the Agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed that the suspect was arrested during an enforcement operations carried out around Maryland and its environs.
During the operation 67 miscreants and hoodlums were arrested and traders selling or displaying wares/goods at unauthorised places were dislodged.
The Chairman disclosed further that the suspect was arrested while obstructing the personnel of the agency from performing their legitimate duty around Maryland and its environs.
The suspect, Mr. Soji Gboye, aged 36 from Ilaje in Ondo State who claimed he was a correspondent with Continental could not properly identifiy himself when interrogated by the chairman of the agency.
When the management of the media outfit he mentioned was contacted it was discovered that the suspect was not their staff that he only impersonated as a journalist.
When Gboye who gave his address as No 5, Adesoye Street, Mende, Maryland, Lagos, noticed that the Chairman had discovered that he was not a journalist he immeditely confessed that he never worked with the media outfit and that he was not a journalist.
He said he only impersonated as a journalist just to regain his freedom and that any time he had issues with any uniformed men he always impersonated as a journalist and he had never been doubted for once.
Gboye who said the Agency should have mercy on him however acknowledged the braveness of the Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, Egbeyemi as an intelligent Nigeria Police Officer.
Meanwhile the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mr. Garuba Umar has directed that all the 67 arrested miscreants be charged to court while the fake journalist be transferred immediately to State CID, Panti Street, Yaba, Lagos.
Egbeyemi who said the Agency and other security outfits would not relent at getting rid of criminals and hoodlums however enjoined members of the public to always furnish security outfits with useful information on criminal activities across the State.