Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force have arrested 2 people for impersonating the Assistant Inspector General of Police (Zone 2), Mr Adamu Ibrahim, over the release of a forfeited unregistered (Bajaj) motorcycle.
SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force disclosed that the unregistered (Bajaj) motorcycle was impounded and its rider subsequently charged to court for plying Mushin-Oshodi Express Road which is one of the 475 restricted routes to motorcycles as contained in the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012.
He stated that Magistrate Lateef Owolabi of the Lagos State Mobile Court at Oshodi forfeited the motorcycle to the government while the rider (Mr Mohammed Aliyu) was sentenced to a 6-hour ‘Community Service’ after he pleaded ‘Guilty’ to the one count charge levelled against him.
SP Egbeyemi stated further that investigations revealed that it was after the rider completed the 6 hours ‘Community Service’ and was subsequently released by court officials that he went and engaged one Mr Sadiku Alaraman who claimed to know Mr Adamu Ibrahim (A.I.G Zone 2) to assist him and get his forfeited motorcycle released from the Government.
After unsuccessful attempts to convince the Coordinator, Lagos State Mobile Court (Mr Oluwafemi Alabi) through a phone call from someone who impersonated the A.I.G (Zone 2), both Mohammed Aliyu and Sadiku Alaraman went to the ‘Lagos State Motorcycle Dump Site’ at Ojota.
“Inspector Gambo Aich who is the officer in charge of the Lagos State Motorcycles Dump Site was also deceived by both Mohammed Aliyu and Sadiku Alaraman, as he spoke on phone with the same person who impersonated the A.I.G (Zone II) who then ordered him to release the forfeited motorcycle immediately but he insisted that they must get a clearance from the Government”
Inspector Gambo Aich, however, reported the matter and both men were arrested and taken before the A.I.G (zone 2) Mr Adamu Ibrahim who denied knowledge of them.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police (Zone 2) Mr Adamu Ibrahim not only denied knowing both men but ordered for their arraignments in court.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni after being well briefed about the matter directed the Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force SP Olayinka Egbeyemi to get both (Mohammed Aliyu and Sadiku Alaraman) prosecuted for impersonation.
Magistrate Odusanya Adepeju of the Ogba Area Magistrate Court, however, convicted and sentenced both Mohammed Aliyu and Sadiku Abaraman to 6 weeks imprisonment with N10,000 as an option of fine.
The Prosecuting Counsel Barrister Olumide Ajibola said the judgement was delivered after they both pleaded ‘Guilty’ to the one count charged of ‘Impersonating Assistant Inspector General of Police in Charge of Zone II (Mr Adamu Ibrahim) levied against them.