The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has arrested one James Mbah in Ebonyi, who claimed to be its staff.
Lucy Samu, the NSCDC Ebonyi Commandant, said the impersonator has been remanded at an isolation centre to ascertain his COVID-19 status.
Mr. James Mbah was arrested at the Timber Shed Junction on Afikpo/Abakaliki Expressway on April 30 by officials of the state’s Neighbourhood Watch while conveying two persons on his motorcycle.
Mbah, who hails from Ishieke in Ebonyi Local Council of Ebonyi, claimed to be an official of NSCDC in Anambra.
Samu noted that she had inquired from the Anambra Command of the corps and was informed that Mbah was not a staff there nor was he on its payroll.
“The Anambra commandant said he also inquired from the Divisional Office, where Mbah claimed he was attached, he was not also on the staff list.
“He is also not staffed in the Ebonyi office or on our payroll. He (allegedly) wore the NSCDC uniform and paraded himself as our officer but he is not one of us,” she said.
She also said that the suspect had been quarantined and would receive all necessary checks before being prosecuted.
“This is to ascertain his COVID-19 status and if negative, he will be handed over to us for prosecution but if positive, will receive the necessary treatment before prosecution” she said.