Crime Watch

Man jailed for creating EFCC uniform, ID card and parading himself as operative

A fake operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Kaduna Zonal Command, Abdulazeez Isah has been sentenced to three years in prison.

A High Court in Kaduna convicted him for impersonating an operative of the anti-graft agency after designing EFCC T-shirts, caps and ID cards.

He was arraigned on one-count charge bordering on impersonation, and upon his arrest, Isah admitted financing the production of fake T-shirts, identity cards and caps of the Commission found in his possession. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

The charge read: “That you Abdulazeez Isah sometime in November, 2023 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, committed an offence of impersonation to wit: falsely presenting yourself as a staff of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the general public, which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 142(1) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017.”

In his ruling, Justice A. Isiaka sentenced Isah to three years imprisonment or a fine of N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).

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A man who paraded himself as a police officer attached to the Idimu Police Station recently stole the mobile phone of a 35-year-old artisan, Kehinde Adesina, inside the station in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Recounting what happened, Adesina said; “When we got to the police station, the police men asked me to pay N20,000 for my offence and later reduced it to N10,000 but I told them I don’t that amount and they asked me to leave.

“So, a man wearing a mufti approached and offered to help me talk to the police men. He went into their office to discuss with them, returned and demanded N3000 for the police men and my phone to make a call.

“When I gave him the phone, he went back into the office to meet the police men and later came out to inform me that one of the police men, Supol Peter, needed a recharge card. Supol Peter also came out and said I should buy Airtel and not an MTN recharge card.

When I asked the policeman (Supol Peter) for the man’s whereabouts, he said he thought he was my brother. He started abusing me for giving my phone to a stranger.”