Fake Soldier jailed for assaulting Taskforce operatives

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A Lagos State Mobile Court has sentenced a man, Kabiru Mohammed, to 6 weeks in a correctional centre for impersonation and assault.

Source  gathered that Kabiru, who was parading himself as a personal of the Nigeria Army was said to have attacked operatives of the Lagos State Task Force on Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit after an enforcement exercise.

It was learnt that kabiru was arrested at the airport area of Lagos, riding a motorcycle painted with the colours of the Nigerian Army uniform.

Narrating what happened, Taofeek Adebayo, the Spokesperson of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, in a statement, said that the suspect was arrested along with his commercial motorcycle painted in camouflage after assaulting members of the enforcement team of the agency at Airport Bus-stop along Lagos-Abeokuta Express-way.

His statement reads, “Operatives of the agency were coming from a monitoring and enforcement operation with over 150 impounded motorcycles loaded into 3 of the Agency’s trucks before the fake Soldier, whose commercial motorcycle was among those impounded on restricted routes, mobilised other miscreants and attacked the team with dangerous weapons such stones, bottles and iron-rod.”

Confirming his arrest, the Chairman of the task force, Shola Jejeloye, explained, “Kabiru was arrested after the attack, and during preliminary investigation at our office, it was discovered that he was an impersonator, a fake Soldier.”

“The man later confessed to having only claimed to be a soldier to retrieve his impounded commercial motorcycle and that he painted his motorcycle in Nigerian Army camouflage to evade arrest from security agents while engaging in commercial activities on restricted routes.”

Mohammed was arraigned on 3 counts bordering on assault, conduct likely to cause a breach of public peace and impersonation. He pleaded guilty to all 3 charges.

Following his plea, Magistrate
Oyebimbola Adelakun sentenced him to 6 weeks in jail with an option of a fine of N40,000.

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