Dismissed army officer remanded after pleading guilty to impersonation

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A 39-year-old man Awolu Ado, who had been earlier dismissed from the Nigerian Army, was arraigned by an Ikeja customary court on Friday for dressing in army uniform and posing as an officer.

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Ado was reportedly dismissed from the army years ago but was caught by some soldiers while terrorizing residents along abattoir bus stop, Lagos.

The defendant was charged with a one-count charge of impersonation.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Mathew Akhaluode told the court that the accused committed the offence on Dec. 1, 2016, at Abattoir Bus Stop, Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos.

Akhaluode alleged that the accused, who was parading himself as a serving member of the Nigeria Army, was caught harassing people on the road with his uniform.

“Ado was caught by some soldiers, who saw him using the uniform to terrorise people walking along Abattoir Bus Stop.

“The accused was arrested and taken to the police station for further questioning,” Akhaluode said.

However, the accused pleaded guilty to the crime preferred against him.

The offence contravened Section 378 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The Magistrate, Mrs Y.R. Pinheiro, ordered that the accused be remanded in Kirikiri prisons until Jan. 27, the next date of adjournment for facts and sentence.


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