Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman while parading Onyemauche before journalists at the army headquarters in Abuja said he was arrested with an automatic rifle and pistol.
Usman said Onyemauche was arrested alongside one sergeant Jacob Phillip by troops of 176 Special Forces Gurads Battalion at about 12:30 in the early morning of 17th February 2016, along Wazobia Motor Park, Gwagwalada Abuja.
He said the suspect was driving Toyota Tacoma Pick-up van when he was arrested after earlier escaping check in Abaji where he claimed to be a Colonel in the Nigerian army.
Usman said after the arrest both suspects were carried to Gwagwagalada Barracks where a search on the Pick-up revealed an Ak 47 Rifle, with registration number 3290 and four magazines, out of which, two were empty while the other two were loaded with 42 rounds of 7.62 ammunition.
He added that: “A luger pistol, 21 x 9mm Parabellium ammunition and the sum of one million, eleven thousand three hundred naira (N1, 011,300.00) was found.”
Usman said initial investigation revealed that Onyemauche had habitually been illegally using soldiers as escorts while travelling out of Lagos to his village in Imo state and sometimes to Abuja.
He said: “The three identified soldiers, including Sergeant Jacob Phillip, who travelled with the suspect without official authorization, are awaiting trial by a court martial.”
Usman stated that Onyemauche would be handed over to the civil police for further investigation and prosecution.
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