Fake soldier remanded in prison over impersonation

An Oshodi Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday remanded a fake army officer, Mark Damijida, at the Kirikiri Prisons, Apapa, over alleged impersonation.
The Magistrate, Mr Akeem Fashola, remanded Damijida, 27, after he admitted that he was a fake army officer and he also gave the police false
information in order to obtain money.
Fashola adjourned the case till Nov. 3 for facts and sentencing.
Damijida, who resides at No. 52, Ajenia St., Obalende, Lagos, was arraigned on a two-count charge of impersonation and giving false information.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Kehinde Olatunde, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Oct. 22
at Oshodi, Lagos. Olatunde said that the accused gave false information to the police alleging that one Mr Ismalia Dauda stole his ₦135,000, two Samsung galaxy
handsets valued ₦70,000 and a Nigeria army identification card.
“The accused went to the station to report that Dauda, a motorcyclist, snatched his bag that contained his valuables when he alighted from his
motorcycle. “He claimed that he is a solider attach to unit 87,”
prosecutor said.
According to him, when Dauda was arrested and interrogated he claimed he never met the accused. The prosecutor said when the accused discovered
that the police had known the truth, he jumped the iron fence between the police station and Oshodi heritage garden.
“He ran out of the station and scaled the fence to escape but he was pursued and arrested. “The accused confessed that he fabricated the story of theft against Dauda in order to obtained money from him and that he was not a soldier that he claimed to be,’’ Olatunde said.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened sections 77 and 96 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Section 77 provides that if convicted for
impersonation, the accused is liable to three years imprisonment.

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