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The Nigerian Air Force, 209 Quick Response Group, Ipetu Ijesa, Osun State have arrested a middle age man, Olusegun Abe in Akure, the Ondo State capital for allegedly been parading himself as a NAF Flight Commander to molest and extort unsuspecting members of the public.
While handling over the suspect to Ondo state police command, the Acting Commander of NAF 209 Quick Response Group, Ipetu Ijesha, Osun State, Flight Leautenant Owoche Morphy said, “the suspect, Olusegun Abe, wrongly wearing the rank of a Wing Commander in the place of Flight Commander was on the verge of defrauding the sister of late Flight Lieutenant Ohai Idonije, by asking her to hand over originals of some sensitive documents of her late NAF pilot brother, which the suspect intends to use in claiming the benefits of the late NAF officer.
“The family member, having suspected a fraudulent intent, contacted the Acting Commander of NAF 209 Quick Response Group, Ipetu Ijesha, Osun State, ultimately leading to the arrest.
“The NAF wishes to inform the general public that the service is a professional and disciplined organization that is focused on the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities”.
He said, “accordingly, NAF will not condone any act of tarnishing it’s image. We therefore, implore the general public and the families of the deceased personnel to continually direct all enquires on payment of death benefits to the Nigerian Military Pension Board Headquarters in Abuja and should desists from engaging intermediaries”.
In his response, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo State, ASP Tee Leo Ikoro appreciated men of the NAF for the quick response, calling for more synergy.
ARREST OF AN IMPOSTOR PARADING SELF AS NIGERIAN AIR FORCE PERSONNEL WITH INTENT TO DEFRAUD FAMILY OF LATE NAF PILOT
1. This is to inform the general public that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has apprehended one Mr Olusegun Abe, who was parading himself as Flight Lieutenant SA Abe, in Akure, Ondo State, on 2 June 2020.
The impostor, who was fully dressed in a Nigerian military woodland camouflage uniform, but wrongly wearing the rank of a Wing Commander in the place of that of a Flight Lieutenant, was on the verge of defrauding a family member of a late NAF pilot, by asking her to hand over the originals of some sensitive documents, which he intended to use in claiming the benefits of the late NAF officer.
2. The family member, having suspected a fraudulent intent, contacted the acting Commander of the NAF 209 Quick Response Group (QRG), located in Ipetu ijesha, Osun State, who immediately dispatched a team of Intelligence and Air Police personnel to the area where the suspect was finally arrested at about 1830 hours on the said date. After preliminary interrogation, the suspect will, today, be handed over to the Nigerian Police Headquarters in Akure for further investigations and prosecution.
3. The NAF wishes to reassure the general public that the Service is a professional and disciplined organization that is focused on the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities.
Accordingly, the NAF will not condone any act capable of tarnishing its image, either by its personnel or any other individuals. We, therefore, implore the general public and families of deceased personnel to continually direct all enquiries on payment of death benefits to the Nigerian Military Pensions Board, headquartered in Abuja, and should desist from engaging intermediaries, who are mostly fraudulent and always scavenging for unsuspecting victims to defraud.
The public is also encouraged to immediately report any attempt to defraud them of their loved one’s benefits to the Police or any military establishment closest to them.
4. You are please requested to disseminate this information through your media channels. Thank you for your usual cooperation.