The Lagos state police command said it has arrested a passenger who poses as soldier and went ahead to assault a policewoman at ilemba Hausa Area of the state.
The passenger was seen in viral video footage assaulting a traffic policewoman while posing as a soldier, a development the police had since discovered to be an impersonation.
A statement made available to Urban Express News-online through the Lagos state Police Public Relation officer, Sp Bala Elkana said; ilemba Hausa police station received a distress call that a female police officer, inspector Martina Onyeacho, on traffic control at Shibiri bus top is in distress.
A patrol team was promptly deployed in the scene to rescue her. Her assailant, Yemi Aiyeni, 32, was arrested while the policewoman was quickly taken to a hospital for treatment. She sustained various degrees of injury from beating she received from the suspect.
“According to eyewitness accounts, the suspect who presented himself as a soldier was a passenger in a commercial bus that obstructed traffic flow on the busy road, waiting for passengers. The suspect was angered by the order issued by the traffic policewoman to the driver to move his vehicle away from the main road to the pave way for free flow of traffic.
“He claimed that the policewoman did not accord him the respect he deserved as a soldier sitting in front of the bus and that she was wrong to have challenged the driver while he was there. He followed up with physical assault on her, beating her with sticks, punching and kicking her.”
“The suspect stated that he had been posing as a soldier since he was dismissed from the Nigerian Army Depot Zaria in 2002 on mental health grounds after spending four months in training.