A 25-year-old man identified as Kabiru Mohammed was sentenced by a Lagos State Mobile Court in Oshodi on Saturday, Feb 20 to 6 weeks imprisonment for impersonation and assault.
Mr. Mohammed was arrested at the airport area of Lagos, riding a motorbike painted with the colours of the Nigerian Army uniform and parading himself as a soldier.
Taofeek Adebayo, the spokesperson of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce), said during a statement that the suspect was arrested alongside his commercial motorcycle painted in camouflage after assaulting members of the enforcement team of the agency with other miscreants at Airport Bus-stop along Lagos-Abeokuta Express-way.
The statement reads: “Operatives of the agency were coming from a monitoring and enforcement operation with over 150 impounded motorcycles loaded into three of the Agency’s trucks before the fake Soldier, whose commercial motorcycle was among those impounded on restricted routes, mobilized other miscreants and attacked the team with dangerous weapons such stones, bottles, and iron-rod.”
The Chairman of the task force, Shola Jejeloye, explained: “The fake soldier was arrested after the attack and through an investigation at our office, it had been discovered that he was an impersonator.”
Mohammed was arraigned on three counts bordering on assault, conduct likely to cause a breach of the general public peace, and impersonation. He pleaded guilty to the fees.
Following his plea, Magistrate Adelakun sentenced him to 6 weeks in jail with an option of a fine of N40,000.