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Published On: Thu, Jun 12th, 2014

Court remands dismissed police officer over impersonation

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An Upper Area court, in Kado, Abuja, has ordered a 35-year old dismissed police officer, Luka Halgim, to be remanded in prison for alleged impersonation, forgery and cheating.

Halgim resides in Angwan Dadi, Nyanya, Abuja.

The presiding judge, Mr Abubakar Sadiq, who gave the order, said it was to enable the police to conclude investigation on the matter.

Sadiq, therefore, adjourned the case until July 7 for hearing proper.

The prosecutor, Sgt Simon Ibrahim, had earlier prayed the court to remand the accused to allow the police conduct further investigation on the charges against him.

Ibrahim told the court that Sambo Garba of Tunga Maje Village, Abuja, lodged a report against the accused at the Utako Police Station on May 28.

He alleged that the accused paraded himself to the complainant (Garba) as a police officer attached to the Provost Office, Police Headquarters, Abuja.

Ibrahim alleged that Halgim collected N240,000 from Garba, with a promise to reinstate him into the police force, having been earlier dismissed from the police service.

The prosecutor said that the accused later issued the complainant a forged letter of reinstatement and another posting him to a different police command.

He said that during police investigation, Halgim confessed to have been dismissed from the police force sometime in March 2013, for committing offences similar to impersonation.

 The prosecutor said that documents, wireless messages and receipts belonging to the police force were recovered from the accused.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. (NAN)

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