The Police in Lagos on Friday arraigned a 41-year-old man, Abayomi Ajibade for allegedly impersonating a police officer.
Ajibade, whose address was not provided, is facing a three-count charge of impersonation, unlawfully wearing a police uniform and stealing before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Prosecutor, Insp Emmanuel Ajayi, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Aug. 7 at 12.15 p. m. in Agege, Lagos.
Ajayi said the defendant wore the police uniform with intent to deceive the public.
He said that the defendant was caught with 10 pairs of the Nigeria Police uniform; a canister tear gas, two police crash helmets, five police caps, two police belts and two police identify cards suspected to have been stolen.
“The defendant was arrested after he could not give any satisfactory explanation on how he got the police items,’’ the prosecutor said.
He said that the offences contravened sections 77, 79 and 330 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
Newsmen report that Section 77 stipulates three years jail term for impersonation while Section 79 attracts two years for unlawfully wearing a police uniform.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A. S. Odunsanya, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Odunsanya ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until Oct. 16 for mention.