The Nigerian Army (NA) in its operation checkmate routine has arrested 12 persons fully kitted in the military uniforms.
The 81 Division Military Police Personnel apprehended the fake soldiers during operation Checkmate in Lagos and Ogun States.
General officer commanding 81 Division, Major General Umar Thama Musa mentioned that many heinous crimes are being committed by these unattached soldiers.
Acting Deputy Director 81 Division Army Public Relations, Major Olaniyi Joseph Osoba announced their arrest .
General Musa explained that some persons disguise as soldiers by donning the uniform, saying not everyone wearing or displaying the military banners, accoutrement are Army personnel.
The GOC made it clear that more than 150 impostors were caught from January 2021 till date.
Some mounted roadblocks along Ajah road to extort money from motorists and indulge in other illegal duties.
Another set were nabbed along the Ilaro border of Ogun while smuggling bags of rice and other contrabands items into the country.
He added that the arrested persons will be handed over to the police for further investigation and subsequent prosecution.
The Army urged civilians in the country to stop wearing military uniforms,T-shirts, or display banners, belts ,stickers and even items believed to belong to the Military.
Musa advised members of the public to report anyone parading himself to be a soldiers when he is not for interrogation and prosecution.