Teenager caught with fake police bullet-proof vest, toy gun

Published On: March 26, 2011, 5:07 pm (9 years ago)
Author: Aliuniyi lawal
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When next you are driving in the night and a man wearing what looks like a police bullet-proof vest beckons on you to stop, you must look well and ensure that he is indeed a policeman before you fall into the waiting hands of an armed robber.

Reason: A gang of armed robbers in fake police bullet-proof vests are on the prowl in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. These men compliment their fake uniforms with toy guns. In producing the “guns,” they carve woods in the shape of AK 47 rifles and wrap them carefully with black tapes.

They put their creative prowess into use in designing the fake bullet-proof vests. The vests are made from black sacks. Having cut the sack into sizes, they go ahead to use tapes to make an inscription ‘POLICE’ on the sacks.

Armed with their fake vests and “guns,” these hoodlums mount illegal checkpoints at night, where they dispossess unsuspecting people of their valuables.

Already, the Oyo State Police Command has succeeded in arresting a member of the gang, though the others are still at large.

The suspect, Isa Waheed, was arrested along Ibadan-Ijebu Ode Road on March 17, 2011.

At the time of his arrest, a carved wooden gun that resembled an AK 47 rifle, two pieces of torch, a number of tapes and substances suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from him.

Waheed, who claims to be 15, says he is “a motor boy.” He told our correspondent that he was brought to Ibadan from Orita in Ikorodu, Lagos, by a driver identified simply as Lekan.

He said, “Immediately we arrived at Ibadan at about 7 pm, he (Lekan) told me he was going to buy a cigarette. He therefore left his bag with me.

“Shortly after that, policemen came around and asked me what I was carrying in the bag. That was how I was arrested.

“I don’t know Lekan’s whereabouts now. Other friends who work with us like Sodiq and Yusuf are also nowhere to be found.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Baba Bolanta, while parading Waheed before journalists, promised to ensure that the suspect was prosecuted.

Bolanta promised that other suspects currently at large would be arrested and brought to book.

He urged residents of the state to be security-conscious at all times.

Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 05:07 PM | Gistmaniac
At 15, he has joined Armed Robery Gang and has started his life on the fast tract. He should be put away where he belongs for a long, long time....

Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 05:38 PM | Hero
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OMG!!! See wetin naija dey turn to..........
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 07:08 PM | Newbie
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plz read the story b4 commenting
the driver brought him there and handed a bag to him, the boy didnt knw what was inside the bag.
so the police now decorated the oy with all these, just to
find a way of punishing him.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 07:20 PM | Gistmaniac
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No be small tin ooh

Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 07:39 PM | Upcoming
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Quote from: popo2009 on 26-03-2011 07:20 PM
plz read the story b4 commenting
the driver brought him there and handed a bag to him, the boy didnt knw what was inside the bag.
so the police now decorated the oy with all these, just to
find a way of punishing him.
Nah lie the boy dey talk...na armed rubber he be.He is one of them (which can driver bring him??)
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 08:12 PM | Gistmaniac
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Quote from: popo2009 on 26-03-2011 07:20 PM
plz read the story b4 commenting
the driver brought him there and handed a bag to him, the boy didnt knw what was inside the bag.
so the police now decorated the oy with all these, just to
find a way of punishing him.
And you believe d words of an armed robber. Hahahaha, u funny o!
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 08:12 PM | Upcoming
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its the boy's word against the police.and from the narration, police will have a weak case against the boy.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 08:25 PM | Upcoming
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ok ooo
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 09:30 PM | Grande Master
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what a bad development.this is not good at all.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 09:42 PM | Gistmaniac
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hhhmmmmm.... dis is indeed a very sad one.

and he's so young..  :'(
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 10:27 PM | Hero
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Okay ooo
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 10:28 PM | Upcoming
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Is not d boy fought, b'cuz, poverty is rappad in dis country, especially this of election. Our leader do nt  brain. Plz do nt prosecute d boi, b'cuz poverty can course man thins and rememba dou shal nt judge.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 11:14 PM | Newbie
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Quote from: popo2009 on 26-03-2011 07:20 PM
plz read the story b4 commenting
the driver brought him there and handed a bag to him, the boy didnt knw what was inside the bag.
so the police now decorated the oy with all these, just to
find a way of punishing him.

Isn't it obvious to you that this so-call 15 yr-old or man is lying through his teeth? A 15 yr old with a man's face, a criminal face at that!
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 11:36 PM | Gistmaniac
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okwas okwas (m)
WOW BUT THE SMALL BOY TRYOOOOO
Posted: (9 years ago) on 27-03-2011 02:06 AM | Upcoming
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Teenage criminal, nobody will buy this your story since the vest fits you perfectly. That aside, why would anybody give you the items and disappear?
Posted: (9 years ago) on 27-03-2011 03:31 AM | Upcoming
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Only Jesus can save us in Naija.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 27-03-2011 04:13 AM | Upcoming
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So, the youth was just caught with unlawful possesion of a fake firearm and police uniform, eh? He was not actually making use of them at the time of his arrest though, he might later, right? Bt, trust our police, they now put the 'uniform' or him and forced him to hold the 'gun' making the case look like 'impersonation' and illegal mounting of road block or, an attempted robbery case, uh? They downplayed the issue of the 'weed'. God bless us. No work bt action dey for naija!
Posted: (9 years ago) on 27-03-2011 08:24 AM | Upcoming
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proly proly (f)
na woooooooooooooooooooh 4 nija
Posted: (9 years ago) on 27-03-2011 09:04 AM | Hero
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Mr.man who told u is police that dress him like that.don't support bad thing my brother.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 27-03-2011 11:25 AM | Upcoming
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