Fake Soldier Charged With Theft

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The police at Adekunle Station, Yaba, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, have arrested a teenager, Friday Nwagbadu, 19, for parading himself as a soldier and robbing members of the public.

The suspect, according to the police, was arrested following a complaint lodged by one Ibrahim Amequa that the suspect on 5 March, 2011 at Aiyetoro Street, Ebute Metta, robbed him of his Nokia phone, valued at N18,400; cash of N3,000, GTB ATM card, National Identity Card and driver’s licence while putting on army uniform.

During interrogation, the suspect allegedly denied being a soldier, but admitted that he used the army uniform to rob people.

Items recovered from him include an army belt and cap.

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He was charged before the Yaba Magistrate’s Court on a three-count charge of impersonation and stealing, offences punishable under sections 516, 109 (b) and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, Cap.C.17, Vol.11, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2005.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges and the presiding magistrate granted him bail in the sum of N20,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The accused was remanded at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prisons when he could not meet the conditions attached to the bail.

—Paul Iyoghojie