Lagos (Nigeria) – A Magistrate Court in Lagos, South-west Nigeria on Wednesday sentenced a 36-year-old dismissed police officer, Okpambe Anthony, to three years imprisonment for impersonation.
The Chief Magistrate, Paul Adedamola, in his ruling, did not give the convict an option of fine, saying it will serve as deterrent to others.
Anthony had been charge for impersonation.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Uche Simon, told the court that the accused had on March 19 at 2.00 p.m. at Iyana Oba in Ojo area of Lagos committed the offence.
He said Anthony, who was dismissed from service in 2015, was arrested in a police uniform.
“The accused unlawfully parade himself as a police officer by wearing a full police Sergeant uniform.
“The photograph of the accused in a police uniform was tendered as exhibit in court among other evidences, “he said.
The offence, he noted, contravened the provisions of Sections 79 (1a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.