Lagos - A 58-year-old woman, Adetolani
Afoke, who allegedly wore the uniform of a deputy superintendent of
police,(DSP) with an intent to impersonate, was on Tuesday arraigned in Lagos.
The accused, who resides at 13, Bamgboye St., Orilowo -Ejigbo, a Lagos suburb,
is facing a three-count charge bordering on impersonation and possession of
stolen property before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates' Court.
She, however, pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, Insp. Simon Imhonwa, told the court that the accused committed
the offences on Nov. 25 at the Bolade-Oshodi axis of the Lagos-Abeokuta
He said the accused was arrested by members of a police patrol team that had
stopped the Volkswagen commercial bus loaded with building materials that she
The prosecutor told the court that the accused had accompanied the bus- driver
under the guise of being a senior police officer.
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"Afoke wore the complete uniform of a DSP and also had in her possession a
forged identity card.
"My lord, there is no record of the accused as ever being enlisted as a member
of the Nigeria Police, " Imhonwa said.
The prosecutor said that investigations revealed that the accused was once a
traffic warden attached to Area C Command, Surulere, Lagos State, but had since
deserted her job.
"Afoke was a traffic warden, who is now a deserter, but wears a police uniform
with the intent to deceive innocent citizens that she has authority to act in
such a capacity", Imhonwa said.
The offences contravened Sections 77, 78 and 328 of the Criminal Law of Lagos
State, 2011, the prosecutor said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sections 77 and 78 prescribe
three years’ imprisonment for an offender while Section 328 stipulates a
seven-year imprisonment for an offender.
In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs Bola Osunsanmi, granted the accused bail in
the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to Feb.
18 for trial.