A Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday remanded a 43-year-old man, Yusuf Kabiru, who pleaded guilty to impersonating a Nigerian Army Officer and stealing three phones.
Chief Magistrate Oluwatoyin Oghere, ordered that Kabiru be kept at the Ikoyi Prison, pending the review of the facts of the case and sentencing.
Oghere adjourned the case until June 28.
Kabiru, who resides at Oworonshoki area of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of impersonation and stealing.
Eariler, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offences at 10p.m. on June 18, at Sandbeach Crescent, Oworonshoki in Lagos.
According to her, the defendant wore an army uniform and face cap and stopped the two complainants; Messrs Batholomew Akor and Bernard Ogbewo, for stop and search.
She said that the defendant then told the complainants that they fitted the description of some thieves he was trailing.
Olaluwoye said the defendant collected their phones valued at N45,000 and ran away with them.
“My Lord, he had a motorcycle waiting for him and that was what he used to flee the scene.
“The complainants chased him on another motorcycle but could not catch him.
“They stopped at a checkpoint close to the scene and reported to some police officers that were there.
“It was the policemen who chased the motorcycle and were able to apprehend him.
“On arresting him, it was discovered that he was not an army officer, the three phones were however, recovered from his pockets,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the alleged offences contravene Sections 77 (b) and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
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