A Lagos State Mobile Court over the weekend convicted and sentenced a fake Soldier, Kabiru Mohammed, who was arrested by the operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) for assault and impersonation to six (6) weeks in jail term.
Speaking on the arrest and arraignment, the Chairman of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce), CSP Shola Jejeloye, disclosed that the convicted fake Soldier was apprehended along with his commercial motorcycle painted in camouflage after assaulting members of the enforcement team of the Agency with other miscreants at Airport Bus-stop along Lagos-Abeokuta Express-way.
CSP Jejeloye said that the operatives of the Agency (taskforce) were coming from a monitoring and enforcement operations with over 150 impounded motorcycles loaded into three (3) of the Agency’s trucks before the fake Soldier, whose commercial motorcycle was among those impounded on restricted routes, mobilized other miscreants and attacked the team with dangerous weapons such stones, bottles and iron-rod.
The fake Soldier was subsequently arrested after the attack and during investigations at the Taskforce office, it was discovered that he was an impersonator. The fake soldier was said to have confessed to claiming 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.
The Chairman, CSP Jejeloye 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 CP Hakeem Odumosu.
Magistrate Oyebimbola Israel Adelakun, who presided over the matter sentenced the 25-years-old accused to six (6) weeks in jail with forty thousand naira (N40.000) as an option of fine after pleading guilty to the three-count charge of Assault, Conduct Likely to Cause Breach of Peace and Impersonation levied against him.
However, CSP Jejeloye urged members of the public to stop impersonating security agents to commit crimes as anyone caught would be seriously dealt with in accordance with the Law.