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Fake soldier arrested in Tamale

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A 34-years-old native of Bawku in the Upper East region, Mr. Issah Mubarak has been arrested by the northern regional police command for parading himself as a soldier.

Authorities said Mr. Mubarak was arrested in his house at Dungu on Tuesday morning.

During a search of the suspect's house, police said they found a set of military uniforms bearing the name A. Mubarak, 2 military vests, 1 pair of military combat boots, 1 military cap, a pair of military pullovers, 2 military gloves, 2 pieces of 9mm ammunitions.

The police also found a rubber stamp bearing the name of Forces Pay Regiment, Burma Camp Accra and some forged certificates.

Briefing the media on Tuesday morning, the Tamale Metropolitan Police Commander, Superintendent Dinam Zoiku said further investigations will be conducted to find out where the suspect acquired the military accoutrement.

Superintendent Zioku said Mr. Mubarak claims he got the accoutrement from his grandfather who was a soldier. But authorities took those claims with a grain of salt and indicated the matter will be investigated further.

According to officials, the suspect once worked with Barclays Bank and circumstances surrounding his current lack of employment will also have to be established. 

 Mr. Mubarak told police investigators that he was a soldier with the 6BN in Tamale while lodging a complaint about his stolen motor bike.

However, his claims raised suspicious among the investigators and after further questioning, the suspect admitted he was not a soldier.  

The police is therefore advising residents, especially the youth to desist from impersonating security personnel when they are actually not.

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