Court remands fake Army officer in Ilorin

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An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court in Kwara State yesterday ordered the remand of Alade Dayo in Oke-kura prisons for alleged impersonation as a soldier.

Magistrate Mrs. E. K. Abu gave the order as the accused is facing a four-count charge of impersonation, criminal trespass, assault and intimidation.

She adjourned the case till December 5 for further mention.

Prosecutor Abideen Oderinde had told the court that the case was transferred from ‘B’ Divisional Police Headquarters, Surulere in Ilorin, to the Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Ilorin for investigation.

He said the complainant, Peace Simon of Victory Hotel, Agbo-oba Area, Ilorin alleged that the accused went to Victory Hotel and introduced himself as an Army officer and also took away a bottle of beer that she kept on the table.

Oderinde alleged that the accused beat up the complainant, when she challenged him for stealing her bottle of beer.

The prosecutor said during police interrogation, the accused confessed to the crime and also confessed that he had military uniform and other military kits in his possession.

He said other items recovered from the accused were military belt, T-shirts and military identification card bearing his name and passport.

The prosecutor said investigation conducted at the CIID showed that the accused was not a member of the Nigeria Army, but a notorious criminal who specialised in impersonating government agencies to terrorise innocent Nigerians.

He said the offence contravened sections 324, 384, 266 and 399 of the penal code law.

The accused person pleaded not guilty.

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