Two men in court for impersonating military officers

Two men were docked outside a Gwagwalada Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for allegedly impersonating military officers.

NAN reports that police have charged Methuselah Enoch, 25, and Caleb Auta, 23, with five counts of criminal association, breach of trust, cheating, fraudulently obtaining a decree for a sum not due and false identity.

Prosecution attorney Abdullahi Tanko told the court that the plaintiff, Tanko Yabo from Pasali Kuje, Abuja, reported the case to the police station on October 4.

Tanko said the defendants conspired on August 28 and introduced themselves as a Nigerian army captain and major attached to Defense Headquarters in Abuja.

He said the defendants defrauded the plaintiff of 250,000 naira, adding that they also sent him a fake text message stating that he had been shortlisted in the Nigerian military.

The defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Defense lawyer Fatima Sanni urged the court to grant her clients bail on the most liberal terms, citing Articles 158 and 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA ), to support his bail requests.

Sanni said the defendants were presumed innocent until proven guilty by law, adding that the defendants would not jump on bail.

Chief Magistrate Aliyu Shafa admitted the defendants to post a bond in the amount of 1 million naira each with two guarantors each for a similar sum who must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.

Shafa ordered the guarantors to provide the court with their driver’s license or national identity card.

He adjourned the case until Dec. 15 for a hearing.

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