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Dismissed Navy Officer in court for impersonation

By Ayodele Popoola

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Ondo State police command yesterday arraigned a 43-year-old dismissed Navy officer, Muhammed Umar before an Akure Chief Magistrate’s Court for alleged impersonation.

The defendant was alleged to have wore a military uniform to escort a vehicle.

Umar was enlisted into the Nigerian Navy 2000 and sometimes in 2013, was subsequently dismissed after he was charged for “Absence Without Leave” for a period of about six months.

Umar, who claimed to be residing at Block 16, flat 7, Navy Town Ojo Lagos State, is facing one-count charge of impersonation.

The prosecutor, Inspector Nelson Akintimehin told the court that the defendant committed the offence on August 2, 2022 around 3pm at ShaSha along Ibadan-Owo Highway.

Akintimehin told the court that the defendant dressed in military camouflage trouser, desert boot and a customized T shirt uniform escorting Mack Lowbed Vehicle with the registration Number Enugu UWN 511 ZR that was on transit from Port Harcourt to Lagos.

“He was also in possession of fake movement pass purported to have been issued by the Nigerian Navy,” the prosecutor said.

Akintimehin also revealed that the defendant at the point of arrest claimed to be a personnel of the Nigerian Navy with service number M5011/PO, serving at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Ojo.

According to him, the offence contravened Section 109(a) and (b) of Criminal Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.

The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.

The Chief Magistrate, Musa Al-Yunus granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 with one surety each in like sum.

He adjourned the case till September 22, 2022 for mention.

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