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Court Frees 20-year-old Impersonator On Bail



For allegedly impersonating a police officer, an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court has granted one Sodiq Ajayi bail in the sum of N50,000.

The magistrate, Fatimoh Binta Salihu, also granted the accused bail with two sureties in like sum, which must be accused person’s family members.

The court maintained that the accused and the sureties must dispose affidavit of means while the matter was adjourned to December 20th, 2018.

The accused was docked for the offence of impersonation contrary to section 342 of penal code law.

The First Information Report revealed that the case was transferred from Department of Operation, Kwara State Command, to Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Ilorin for discreet investigation.

It stated that one Alawaye Abdulrasheed of Anifowose Alawaye Compound, Ilorin, reported to the police that he rendered Okada service to the accused and he failed to pay him for the service.

The police report further stressed that the complainant conveyed the accused to the Police Headquarters, Ilorin after claiming that he was a police officer.

It added that the accused ran into the premises of the police headquarters without paying the sum of N250, which they had both agreed on as the cost of transportation.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Matthew Saheed, urged the court to remand the accused person in prison.

He said, if the accused was granted bail, he might commit similar offence or tamper with police investigation, which is ongoing on the matter.

The accused person’s counsel, John Gbadebo, in his submission, prayed the court to discountenance the submission of the prosecutor.

He canvassed that the prosecutor had not presented any fact before the court to justify that the accused would jump bail or tamper with police investigation.

He said the issue of bail was at the discretion of the court and that the court should use its discretionary power judiciously.



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