A health worker, Matthew Ganpen, 45, who allegedly impersonated a police man and extorted N47,000 from a trader, on Wednesday appeared in a Badagry Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State.
The police charged Ganpen, a staff of Ipokia Local Government Area in Ogun state, with two counts of impersonation and obtaining money by false pretenses.
The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Akpan Nkem, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on July 30, at noon, opposite Oando filing station, Ashipa Seme border, Lagos.
Nkem alleged that the defendant paraded himself as an SP, attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and obtained N47,000 from the complainant, Jacob Ojugbele, knowing same to be false.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 77 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
After the charge was read to him, the defendant pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Patrick Adekomaiya admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
He adjourned the case until Oct. 14 for hearing.