13th December, 2010
A 29-year-old man, Ali Mohammed, has been arraigned at the Shomolu Magistrate’s CourtÂ 12 for allegedly impersonating a lieutenant in the Nigerian Army and assaulting aÂ police officer.
In the three-count charge, it was alleged that Alli Mohammed on 23 November, 2010 atÂ about 2.am along the Bajulaiye area, in the Shomolu Magisterial DistrictÂ Â impersonated a member of the Nigerian Army and thereby committed an offence contraryÂ to and punishable under section 109 of the criminal code Cap 17 Vol. 11 laws ofÂ Lagos State of Nigeria 2003.
The magistrate’s court, presided over by Mr. O. B. Osunsanmi heard that, the accusedÂ was accosted by an anti-robbery patrol team led by Sergeant Sunday Sejah in aÂ criminal hideout where he allegedly went to smoke Indian hemp.
When he was challenged by the patrol team, heÂ said he was a lieutenant in theÂ Nigerian Army from the Myoung Barracks at Shomolu.
Police sources revealed that Mr. Mohammed is actually a fake army officer andÂ hasÂ been parading himself as a lieutenant in the Nigerian Army.
One of the sources at the Police Station who pleaded anonymity said: “This is notÂ the first time he has claimed to be an army officer. He has been deceiving peopleÂ for long and has even come to the station pretending to be an army officer, andÂ asked us to release some offenders. We now know that he was dismissed from theÂ Nigerian Army.â€
The suspect also allegedly fought with one of the officers and beat him up before heÂ was overpowered, arrested and taken to Alade Police Station for interrogation.
Mohammed, however pleaded not guilty to the allegations, saying: â€œI used to be anÂ officer but I was not dismissed. I resigned last year due to the bullet I got from aÂ peace keeping mission. I am only using this to sustain myself so I did not doÂ anything wrong. I fought the officers because they were not cooperating. I beat himÂ up when they hit me on my stomach. So I am not guilty.”
Mr. Mohammed was granted bail in the sum of N200,000 and adjourned the case till 12Â January 2011.