Impersonation is the act of pretending to be someone else. Section 484 of the Criminal Code Act provides that “Any person who, with intent to defrauds any person, falsely represents himself to be some other person, living or dead is guilty of a felony, and is liable to imprisonment for three years. Also in Section 487 the Act provides that, any person whom a document has been given to certify him for some certain privileges and proceeds to give such document to another with the intention that the other person presents himself as qualified to bear such document is guilty of a felony and liable to imprisonment for three years. For instance a lawyer who gives his stamp to another person to use in impersonating the lawyer is guilty of the above offence. Also any person who lends out their certificates to others for the use of impersonation is also not excluded from punishment, as such person is guilty of a misdemeanor and is liable to imprisonment for three years.
As seen in the above sections of the Criminal Code Act, the law criminalizes and punishes all forms of impersonation done with intent to defraud. The Legal Practitioners Act in Section 22 provides that; subject to the provisions if this section, if any person other than a legal practitioner
a) practices or holds himself out to practice, as a legal practitioner or
b) takes or uses the title legal practitioner or
c) willfully takes or uses any name, title, addition or description falsely implying or otherwise pretends that he is a legal practitioner or is qualified or recognized by law to act as a legal practitioner, or
d) prepares for or in expectation of reward for any instrument relating to immovable property, or relating to or with a view to granting of probate or letters or administration, or relating to or with a view to proceedings in any court or record in Nigeria, he is guilty or an offence and under paragraph (a) of this section subsection or a second or subsequent offence under paragraph (d) of this subsection to a fine of an amount not exceeding N200 or imprisonment or a term not exceeding two years or both, such fine and imprisonment and in any other case to a fine of an amount not exceeding N100.
Case file, with charge number M1/425c/2017, accused one Emmanuel Ojo of two counts of conspiracy and impersonation. The prosecutor told the court that the accused on March 27 2017 announced himself as a counsel while also holding brief in a case with charge number M1/1543c/2016, but was later found out to be an impersonator. The he said offence contravenes Section 516 and 484 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol II laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000. Ojo was asked to be sent to prison for 30 months without an option of fine. Impersonation of lawyers is on the increase despite the different measures by the Nigeria Bar Association to curb the menace. I am of the opinion that one of the reasons for this is because the penalty attached to it has not been reviewed over the years. The fine attached to this offence is not enough to deter one who has set out to impersonate as a legal practitioner.
Nkechi Bright Ewere
Monarch Lauds Wike Over Anti-Cultism Unit
The Eze Ali Omokpirikwu, Eze Okechuwku Okah, has commended the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike for the siting of the antti-cultism unit in Elele.
Eze Okah, who said this during a courtesy call on him by a non governmental organization: Elele Voice in his palace also commended the Governor for upgrading the Elele traditional stool to first class.
He said that the sitting of the anticultism unit in the community has made the area to be more secured for business activities.
According to him, the administration of Governor Wike is unprecedented especially in the areas of security, infrastructure and sanitation.
The traditional ruler who particularly commended the Governor for the unveiling of the Operation Sting security outfit, stressed that by the unveiling, the Governor has shown that Rivers State has no place for criminals adding that the Governor needs more supports to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
Eze Okah also told them that his decision to donate transformers to the community was to ensure constant power supply as over 20 communties in Elele have not had power supply in the last five years.
Earlier, the leader of the group, Mr Smart Johnson said that the group was in his palace to thank him for the donation of transformers to Elele community.
Johnson said that the kind gesture has restored the economy of the area, adding that the group would not relent in mobilizing support for the traditional ruler.
Meanwhile, the Deputy leader of Ikwerre Legislative Assembly, Hon. Amadi Jacob has called on the police authorities to investigate the alleged extortion activities of men of Operation Sting along the Elele-Owerri road.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen, he said that the activities of the police officers have brought shame to the people and advised the outfit to resist the temptation of being compromised in the performance of their duties.
We’re Making Progress Against Banditry -CAS
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Saddique Abrubaka, says the military has substantially contained emerging banditry in some parts of the country in addition to the successes recorded in the fight against insurgency in the North East.
Abubakar said this on Tuesday in an interview with newsmen in Yola.
Abubakar was in Yola to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir with officers and men of the Air Task Force, engaged in the fight against insurgency in the north east.
He said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) would continue to motivate its personnel to boost their morale in the task of keeping Nigeria and the society safe.
“We are making progress and all hands most be on deck to address the challenges, particularly the new challenge of banditry,” he said.
According to him, the NAF has established the quick Response Units in some states to bring security closer to the people.
The CAS lauded Nigerians for their understanding and urged the public to do more in terms of volunteering timely relevant information to security agencies.
He noted that the provision of adequate and effective security information to relevant authorities was the obligation of all Nigerians.
“I want to emphasize that security is not just about security agencies; everybody has a role to play to ensure Nigeria is secured,” Abubakar said.
While reiterating the commitment of NAF to ensuring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria, the CAS lauded the Federal Government for doing a lot in equipping NAF in terms of aircraft and training to discharge its responsibility.
He lauded the performances of officers and men of the air task force, pointing out that his decision of always marking festive periods with them at the frontline was among others, to appreciate them and boost their morale to do more in discharging their assigned tasks.
Bus Driver Commits Suicide At Mechanic Workshop In Lagos
The Lagos State Police Command says a 43-year-old commercial bus driver has been found dead at a mechanic workshop after allegedly taking a liquid substance suspected to be sniper.
The spokesman for the command, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday.
Elkana said the Shomolu Pedro Police Station received an information that one Kabiru Bello of No. 77, Owode Ibeshe, Ikorodu, Lagos State, allegedly drank a liquid substance suspected to be sniper.
He said that the incident happened on Saturday at about 12.56p.m inside his Volkswagen commercial bus with registration number AKD-724 XM while at a mechanic workshop at Ladylack Bus stop, Shomolu.
“He was rushed to Adesola clinic, Shomolu, where he was confirmed dead. Homicide detectives visited the scene. One empty bottle of chemical substances suspected to be sniper was recovered.
“The corpse has been deposited in mortuary for autopsy,” he said.
Similarly, the police at Ilemba Hausa area of Lagos have recovered two locally made single barrel guns with 12 cartridges, one laptop and one mobile phone inside a vehicle abandoned by suspected robbers.
The police spokesman said the recovery was made on Saturday at about 9.30 p.m. after the Ilemba Hausa Police Station received a distress call that one Wale Lawal was dispossessed of his laptop by some armed robbers.
Elkana said the policemen deployed to the scene gave the hoodlums “a hot chase where the suspected robbers abandoned their black Honda vehicle with registration number KJA-705 BU containing the recovered items.
“The vehicle was moved to the station for further investigation.” he said.
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