A 22-year old man, Aladegolu Victor, has been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for impersonation in Osun State.
Aladegolu was accused of alleged conspiracy, impersonation and wearing of uniforms resembling those of police or DSS in a suit brought before chief magistrate Olusola Aluko of an Osun State magistrate court.
He was said to be one of the hoodlums that came from Ekiti with fake police and DSS uniforms to cause confusion in the state during the Osun State gubernatorial election of August 9, 2014 election but was caught around Ife City Hall in Ile-Ife by vigilant electorates.
At a resumed hearing, the accused person elected to change his plea after an earlier charge containing 2-count charges of conspiracy and impersonation was substituted by the state counsel, Barrister Biodun Badiora, for a new 5-count charge of conspiracy, impersonation, wearing of shirt resembling those of men of Police or DSS uniform.
Badiora held that the allegations contravenes section 516, 108(1) 109(b), 249(I) (d), 251 respectively of criminal code law cap. 34, laws of Osun State 2002.
Aladegolu pleaded guilty to all the five counts and after presentation of facts and subsequent admission by the accused person, chief magistrate Aluko sentenced him to 3 years’ imprisonment in the first two counts, 1- year imprisonment in the third count and 1 month imprisonment in the fourth and fifth counts.
He also directed that the terms should run concurrently from the date the accused was first arraigned on August 21, 2014.
Aluko said that the sentence would serve as deterrent to other persons who may be planning to do similar things in the future adding that there would be no hiding place for criminally- minded elements in the state.