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Court Remands Lagos Fake Soldier In Police Custody

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The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned one Umaru Abdul before Magistrate Patrick Nwaka of the Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly conspiring to commit impersonation and unlawfully wearing a military uniform.

The defendant was arraigned on three counts of conspiracy to impersonate, forgery of an official identification card, and impersonation by pretending to be military personnel.

It was gathered that on January 11, 2024, Abdul pretended to be a member of the Nigerian Army. He unlawfully wore a Nigerian Army camouflage uniform and was found with an identity card bearing the distinctive insignia of the Nigerian Army. The ID card had the name tag “Abdul Umar” with the corporal rank.

He was arrested by the police in the Ijegun area of Lagos State and was arraigned at Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The prosecutor, DSP Thomas Nurudeen, informed the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on January 11, 2024, adding that the alleged offences contravene Sections 411, 79(1)(a) and (b), and 78(a) and (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

He informed the court that the uniform and the fake identification card were found with him and admitted them into evidence.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the three charges levelled against him.

Magistrate Nwaka ordered that the defendant be remanded in police custody until April 17, 2024, for sentencing.