A Lagos State Mobile Court has convicted and sentenced a fake soldier, Kabiru Mohammed, arrested by the operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) for assault and impersonation to six weeks in jail term.
Chairman of the agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, made this known, on Sunday, in a statement made available to newsmen by his office, saying that the convicted fake soldier was apprehended along with his commercial motorcycle painted in camouflage.
According to Jejeloye, the arrest and arraignment took place after the soldier assaulted members of the enforcement team of the agency with other miscreants at Airport Bus-stop along Lagos-Abeokuta Express-way.
He said that the operatives of the agency were coming from a monitoring and enforcement operations with over 150 impounded motorcycles loaded into three of its trucks before the fake soldier, whose commercial motorcycle was among those impounded on restricted routes, mobilised other miscreants and attacked the team with dangerous weapons such as stones, bottles and iron-rod.
“The fake soldier was subsequently arrested after the attack and during investigations at our office, it was discovered that he was an impersonator.
“The man later confessed to having only claimed to be a soldier in order to retrieve his impounded commercial motorcycle and that he painted his motorcycle with Nigerian Army camouflage in order to evade arrest from security agents while engaging in commercial activities on restricted routes,” he said.
CSP Jejeloye urged members of the public to stop impersonating security agents to commit crimes, warning that anyone caught would be seriously dealt with in accordance with the Law.
The chairman, however, confirmed that the arraignment of the fake soldier at the Lagos Mobile Court was in compliance with the directive of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu.
Magistrate Oyebimbola Israel Adelakun, who presided over the matter, sentenced the accused, Mohammed (25 yrs) to six weeks in jail with N40.000 as an option of fine after he had pleaded guilty to the 3-count charge of assault, conduct likely to cause a breach of peace and impersonation levied against him.
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