Fake Journalist Arraigned In Ogun

A 56-year-old man, Segun Odofin has been arraigned in an Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court III for allegedly impersonating a journalist.

The Prosecutor, Cpl Moshood Hammed informed the court that the accused committed the alleged offence on August 9 at about 4:00pm at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta.

He said that the accused had falsely presented himself as a journalist in the employ of The News Magazine, Lagos office.

“The accused was caught by some members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Ogun during the thanksgiving ceremony of Dr. John Abolurin, the former Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSDC).

“He was arrested and taken to Ibara Police station where he was questioned and he confessed to being a fake journalist and that the News Magazine identity card found in his possession was forged by him at a printing press in Abuja.

“Odofin also confessed that this had been his means of livelihood for a long time as he had no other means of providing for his family,” the prosecutor said.

Hammed argued that the offence contravened Section 108 (2) of the Criminal Laws of Ogun, 2006.

The accused who was not represented by a counsel pleaded not guilty to a charge of impersonation.

The Magistrate, Martins Akinyemi granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety in like sum.

He, then, adjourned the case to Oct. 14 for further hearing.

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