There was a mild drama during a parade of criminal suspects at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police command, when suspected notorious Abuja criminal, Chinaza Philip-Okoye, acknowledged President Bola Tinubu, while being quizzed by journalists.
The Nigeria Police Force had last Saturday paraded Philip-Okoye on a stretcher at the Force Intelligence Response Team base, Guzape, Abuja.
Philip-Okoye was arrested by a combined team of FCT and Kaduna police officers in Kaduna when the police swooped in on him and his gang members (now at large), while they were taking a victim, Segun Akinyemi from Abuja to Kano State.
But speaking during the parade, he said he is not a kidnapper as claimed by the police.
According to him, he was into robbing cars in the federal capital territory with his gang members.
In a now viral video, he said: “I want to greet the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Anything I say today, let it be recorded. I know some people will say I am lying. The only thing I am going to say is the truth and nothing but the truth.
“Between God and man; the God that created Heaven and earth. I’m not a kidnapper. I haven’t kidnapped anybody.
“We only patrol at night and collect cars, and we take them to Kano for sale. That night, our aim was to rob the man and take his car, but I was surprised that after we collected his car, yellow, who is like our leader, asked the man to enter the back of the car. I didn’t know why he did that, and I couldn’t argue with him, so we were driving to Kano before the police caught up with us in Kaduna where I was arrested.” (DailyTrust)