- Three businessmen were arrested for impersonating police
- The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the allegation
- They were released on bail while the case was adjourned until June 19 for mention
Three businessmen, who allegedly produced fake Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) identity cards and impersonated the Police, were on Thursday, May 10, arraigned before a Kano magistrates court.
The accused; Abdulhamid Adam, 35, of Sauna Quarters, Kano, Victor Egboh, 49,of Bata, Kano and Femi Omole, 50, of Brigade Quarters, Kano, are facing charges of criminal conspiracy, impersonation, forgery and cheating.
The trio entered a plea of `not guilty’, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
They were, however, released on bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two reliable sureties per person.
Chief Magistrate Muhammad Jibril, who gave the ruling, said one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused, while the second surety must be a civil servant not below Grade Level 14.
Earlier, the police prosecutor, Inspector Pogu Lale, told the court that the accused were apprehended on April 24 through an intelligence gathering from Zone 1, Police Headquarters in Kano.
According to him, since 1992 Adam has been deceiving the public and parading himself as the police public relations officer of Zone 1, bearing DSP Kabiru Shehu.
He said Adam conspired with the second accused, Egboh, who has been printing PCRC identity card forms for him illegally.
The prosecutor alleged that the third accused, Omole, had also been supplying Adam with stickers, banners and key holders belonging to the police.
“Adam has been collecting money from the public and issuing fake PCRC identity cards to them.”
The offences contravened Sections 97, 364, 322, and 312 of the Penal Code.
The case has been adjourned until June 19 for mention.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari said security agencies need to improve their strategies of intelligence gathering, surveillance and accuracy in deployments in order to ensure that criminal activities are brought to an end across the country.
Buhari made the statement on Thursday, March 22, during an interactive meeting with political leaders, traditional rulers, elders and victims of criminal attacks in Zamfara state.
The president hailed security agencies for exterminating a suspected criminal responsible for many killings in the country.
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