A 28-year-old barber, Katimu Adamu, who allegedly arrested his neighbours using a fake policeman that stole N55,000 from them, was on Wednesday charged before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
Adamu, who resides at No. 5, Abattoir Market Road in Agege, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The prosecutor, Insp Racheal Williams, told the court that the offences were committed on Feb. 19 at the Abattoir Market in Agege.
Williams told the court that the accused fought both Mohammed Bashiru and Mohammadu Usmam and arrested them with a fake police officer.
“After the arrest, the fake police man dropped off the accused and drove the complainants to a private place, searched their pockets and took all the N55, 000 on them.
“When the complainants reported the matter at the police station, it was discovered that the man that arrested them impersonated a police officer.
“When the accused was arrested, he could not produce the fake police man that arrested the complaints,’’ she said.
Williams said the offences contravened Sections 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Magistrate L.Y. Balogun granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.
Balogun then adjourned the case to March 14 for mention.