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Man bags 18 months for forgery, impersonation, disturbance

28 June 2012, 12:00

 Jos - A Jos Chief Magistrates' Court on Thursday sentenced a 30-year-old man, Hassan Mohammed, to 18-months imprisonment for forgery, impersonation and inciting public disturbance.

The convict, resident of Shani Local Government Area of Borno, was, however, granted an option of paying a N12,000 fine.

The trial Judge, Mrs Talatu Gada, said that the prosecution had done an excellent job that convinced the court that the accused committed the offence.

Gada said the evidence presented before the court by the prosecution had greatly assisted the court.

"The confession of the accused has assisted the court in convicting him for committing the three offences.

"The court has relied on Section 157 (1) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) that stipulates quick judgment for any person that pleads guilty to his or her crime,'' she ruled.

The prosecutor, Mr Ado Ali, had told the court that on June 23, at about 5 p.m., one Inspector Yohanna Musa attached to Operation Rainbow arrested the accused.

He said that the accused was arrested in Jos by the police officer while in possession of an ID card belonging to one Hassan Mailafia, a senior personal assistant in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The prosecutor said that the accused super-imposed his photograph on the Villa ID card and impersonated the public officer.

"The accused was also found with a rubber hand band of the Redeemed Christian Church of God that covered weekly course preachings of peace.

"During the police investigation, the accused failed to give concrete explanation of how he came about the ID card and the rubber band of the church."

The prosecutor said that the accused was caught while causing public disturbance with some of his accomplices who had escaped.

Ali said that the accused was charged with illegal possession of a Presidential Villa ID card, Redeemed Christian Church of God rubber band and inciting public disturbance contrary to Section 364, 132 and 114 of the penal code law.

When the case came up for hearing, the accused pleaded guilty to the charges and begged the court for leniency, saying that he was a first time offender.

The trial judge asked him to be of good character after his jail term as the court would not be lenient with him the next time.


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