One Abdulmalik Makong, a dismissed police officer was on Monday arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly impersonating a Deputy Superintendent of Police.
The accused 35-year-old was tried for impersonation to which he pleaded not guilty.
Mr. P.A. Ojo, the Chief Magistrate, in his ruling admitted the accused to a bail of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum adding that one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused and they must be gainfully employed with an evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
He adjourned the case until July 2 for mention.
Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, ASP Roman Unuigbe, had told the court that the accused committed the offence on May 2 at Tolu Divisional Police Headquarters, Apapa, Lagos
He disclosed that the accused, had been dismissed from the Nigeria Police over four years for smoking Indian hemp.
“While trying to stop the arrest of some prostitutes, he introduced himself to the Divisional Police Officer as a DSP attached to the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
“When he was searched, a police warrant card, bearing the rank of an Assistant Superintendent with two stars was found on him.”
According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened Section 77 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 which stipulates three years in jail on conviction.