The police have arraigned a student, Nicholas Ohiro, in a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ court, Abuja, for alleged impersonation and theft.
Ohiro, 27, of Area 1, Garki Abuja, was alleged to have posed as a lawyer and also stole a car belonging to one Mr. Emmanuel Ukaegwu and sold it at a give-away price.
The prosecutor, Cpl Emmanuel Adiukwu, told the court that on May 5, Ukaegwu of Suite C 22, Banex Plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja, came to Maitama Police Station to lodge a complaint.
Adiukwu informed the court that the accused had sometime in April, gone to the complainant’s chambers to look for job as a lawyer, posing as “Barrister Lukman Dirobomhan Ikhuoriahi’’.
The prosecutor informed the court that the accused also presented a certificate with a second class honours (upper division) of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma Edo, to Ukaegwu for employment in his chambers.
He told the court that the accused also presented a certificate of call to bar dated November 20, 2012.
The prosecutor informed the court that Ikhuoriahi was an Abuja-based lawyer and that the accused had collected his certificates with a promise of securing a better job for him.
He further told the court that the accused succeeded in deceiving the complainant as he was given the employment.
He said luck, however, ran out on the accused when Ukaegwu became suspicious of him when he could not perform simple legal tasks assigned to him.
Adiukwu informed the court that the accused then took the advantage of the job and removed the key of the car from the bunch of keys and went away with it.
The prosecutor told the court that the accused stole the complainant’s Nissan Xterra Jeep, 2004 model and sold to one Chimaroke Dimgba at N450, 000.
He said the offences contravened the provisions of sections 132 and 287 of the Penal code Law.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Consequently, the prosecutor prayed the court to grant him a date to open his case against the accused.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Usman Shaibu, admitted him to bail for N1 million and a surety in like sum who must be a public ervants not below Grade Level 13, before adjourning the matter to July 29 for continuation of hearing. (NAN)