Police arraign panel beater for impersonation, assault

A panel beater, Victor Nyaku, risks seven years imprisonment if found guilty of impersonation and assault charges he is facing at an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court in Lagos.

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Nyaku, 47, who resides at Abule-Egba, Lagos, is accused of parading himself as an Army officer, wearing Army camouflaged uniform and unlawfully possessing a Nigerian Police identity card.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Awase, told the court that the accused committed the offences on April 14 at Anifowoshe, Ikeja, Lagos.

He said that the accused, despite not serving in the military, dressed in army uniform and paraded himself to be an army officer.

“The accused was driving his Toyota Camry and he blocked a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) ordering the driver to reverse for him to pass.

“When the driver of the bus could not reverse for him, because the bus is long, the accused came down from his car with a “Koboko” (a long flexible whip made of horsetail) and started beating the driver.

“Unfortunately for him, the Police got to the scene and in the process of settling the dispute, demanded the accused identity card.

“The accused, who was in army camouflage presented a police sergeant ID card carrying another person’s name,” Awase told the court.

He said that when it was discovered that the accused was fake, he confessed.

“He said that he saw the camouflage in a bale of clothes he bought from Cotonou and that the ID card was given to him by someone in Ikeja. He was later taken to the station.”

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The offences contravened Sections 171, 380 and 382 of the revised Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Both Sections 380 and 382 stipulate seven years imprisonment each for offenders.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty and was admitted to a N100,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

The Magistrate, Mrs F.F George, ordered that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned until June 16, for a mention.

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