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Guard docked for impersonation

By Kayode Afolabi, Ore


A 48-year-old security guard, Michael Okpako has been arraigned before an Araromi Obu Magistrates’ Court for impersonation.

The police brought Okpako before the court for impersonating as an official of Ondo State Ministry of Education in Odigbo local government area of the state.

The accused person, who is facing three counts, allegedly committed the offence in Odigbo on April 7, 2022 around 11am at Oniparaga in Araromi-obu.

The Prosecuting counsel, Sergeant Yekini Muideen told the court that the accused person had been  discharged from being a security guard under Ministry of Education, in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Muideen said the defendant, who claimed to be an official of the  Ministry,  unlawfully entered the premises of two schools.

He was said to have entered Army of Christ Nursery and Primary school and Tony Nursery and Primary school and  demanded for their school registers.

According to the prosecutor, the defendant had in his possession, one Identity Card  of Ministry of Education, Ondo State Government while he conducted himself in a manner to cause breach of peace.

The offence committed contravenes Sections 484, 430, 249 of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him, while his lawyer,  Mr Rufus Omotayo prayed the court to grant him bail in most liberal terms.

The Magistrate, Mr O. F Akinlolu, in his ruling, admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

He, however, ordered the remand of the defendant at Okitipupa correctional centre, and adjourned the case till May 26, 2022 for hearing.

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