A middle-aged man, Alade Dayo, has been arraigned before an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court for allegedly impersonating an army officer.
Dayo was dragged before Magistrate Kikelomo Abu’s court for impersonation, criminal trespass, assault and intimidation contrary to section 324, 384, 266 and 399 of penal code law.
The Police First Information Report revealed that on 22nd November, 2018, one Peace Simon of Victory Hotel, Agbo Oba Area, Ilorin reported the matter to the ‘B’ Divisional Police Headquarters, Surulere, Ilorin before it was transferred to the Criminal Intelligence and Investigative Department of the state capital for discreet investigation.
The FIR stressed that the accused introduced himself to the hotel attendants as an army officer.
The accused was said to have beaten the complainant up when he was challenged for taken away bottle of beer kept on the table at the hotel, an action, which eventually led to his arrest.
In the course of the investigation, the FIR disclosed that the accused confessed having military belt, T-shirts, and military identification card bearing his name.
Investigation further revealed that Dayo was never a member of Nigeria Army but a notorious criminal who specialises in impersonating government agencies with the aim of terrorising innocent citizens.
The prosecutor, Abideen Oderinde, urged the court to remand the accused person pending the completion of police investigation on the matter.
The accused’s counsel, Abdulmajid Abdulmalik, urged the court to grant the accused bail on a liberal term.
He said the FIR is only mere information, which contains no fact that could prove the alleged offences preferred against the accused.
Magistrate Abu, in her short ruling, granted the accused bail in the sum of N3000 and two sureties.
The magistrate added that one of the sureties must have landed property and that they must disposed to an affidavit of means while their passports must be submitted to the court.
The case was, however, adjourned to December 5, 2018.