Police Arraign 36-Year-Old Fake Customs Officer

Tunde Adewole, a 36-year-old man has been arraigned by police at an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ekiti State, for allegedly posing as an officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). He is standing trial for alleged forgery and fraud.

Police prosecutor Johnson Okunade told the court that the defendant and others at large committed the offence on June 20, about at Egbewa Street, Ado-Ekiti. He alleged that the accused and others at large committed felony to wit impersonation by presenting himself as a Customs officer.

Okunade also alleged that the accused and others at large forged Customs papers for a Lexus ES 359 vehicle.  He added that the accused and others at large obtained money under false pretence by collecting N850,000 from  Aniyikaye Olumide, promising to issue him a genuine Customs paper for his Lexus ES 350 vehicle, which he failed to do.  

According to him, the offences contravene sections 108 (2), 467 and 419 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ekiti State 2012.  The defendant pleaded not guilty.  His lawyer, Mr. Chris Omokhafe, urged the court to grant him bail, promising that he will not jump bail.  The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Adesoji Adegboye, granted the defendant bail at N400,000 with two sureties having verifiable addresses.

He adjourned the case till January 26, 2017 for hearing.

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