Fake Soldier Jailed For Seven Years
One of the alleged fake soldiers paraded by the police on Tuesday, Israel Amuzu (24), has been jailed seven years for impersonation.
He was sentenced to jail with hard labour on a three-count charge after he pleaded guilty on all the charges.
The other defendants, Joseph Jidai, John Henry Musa, Azubuike Peter, Obi Chinyere Stephen, Paul Ohalate, Sulaiman Raheem, Hammed Gbadamosi and Oguntamu Abiola, were remanded with option of bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum each.
The prosecutor, Inspector O. Festus, told the court: “On April 17, May 15 and May 17, 2014, between 1200hrs and 1800hrs, at FESTAC and Abule Oshun areas of Lagos State in the Lagos Magisterial District, the defendants were found unlawfully wearing army uniform and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 79 (a) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State Nigeria 2011.
“On the same date, time and place, at the aforementioned magisterial district, they did impersonate the Nigerian Army before the general public and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 378 (I) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011.
“On the same date, time and place, at the afore-mentioned magisterial district as a civilian, the suspects did impersonate members of the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Nigerian Police and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 77 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.” The other defendants pleaded not guilty.
The Chief Magistrate of Apapa Court 1, P.A Ojo adjourned the matter till June 25.