The fake army general arrested by the EFCC allegedly lied to a lender that President Muhammadu Buhari had shortlisted him and one other for the position of Chief of Army Staff, COAS, and that he needed a small grant to process the appointment.
The EFCC in Lagos have arrested one Bolarinwa Oluwasegun, for impersonating a Nigerian Army General.
The antigraft agency, said in a statement that the suspect, who pretended to be a Nigerian Army General, allegedly told the complainant, Kodef Clearing Resources, that President Muhammadu Buhari had shortlisted him and one other for the position of Chief of Army Staff, COAS, and that he needed a small grant “to press and process the appointment.”
The fake army General arrested by the EFCC is not a stranger to controversy.
In November 2020 during the peak of #EndSars Protest, after protesters refused to listen to him, Bolarinwa Olusegun was caught on camera as he shot at them.
Two people were hit by gunshots, according to eyewitnesses, after the Bolarinwa opened fire on peaceful protestors in Abule Egba after being barred from speaking to them.
Below is a clip from the video that was shared at the time:
In the video, Bolarinwa attempted to offer them money by dipping his hand into his breast pocket, but he changed his mind and drove a bit further away.
He then parked on the side of the road, took out a rifle, and fired two shots into the air before firing at the gathering, killing two individuals.
Some items recovered from from the arrested Bolarinwa Olusegun by the EFCC include various types of assorted weapons (Guns), a military swagger stick and communication devises used by security operatives as can be seen below:
The EFCC in a statement on its official facebook page wrote;
“Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC, have arrested one Bolarinwa Oluwasegun, a fake Army General, for an alleged N270m fraud.”
“The suspect, who posed as a General in the Nigerian Army, allegedly made false representations to the complainant, Kodef Clearing Resources, that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, had shortlisted him and one other to be appointed as the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, and that he needed a short grant to push and process the appointment.”
“He also allegedly forged a letter of appointment as COAS purportedly signed by the President and showed the same to the victim to further prove his claim.”
According to unconfirmed reports, Abiodun Bolarinwa Olusegun once served Nigeria meritoriously in the Nigerian Army under the dark days of late military head of State, General Sanni Abacha and almost lost his life for standing by the truth.
The question now is, “why did he choose this wrong and slippery parth after standing for the truth for the larger part of his life?”