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A man who posed as an assistant commissioner of police and an official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been arrested and arraigned for impersonation and forgery.

According to the commission, Kunle Adeshola had gone to the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, claiming to be a staff of the EFCC and that he had been assigned to discreetly investigate staff of the corporation.

The accused, who claimed to hold a doctorate degree from the University of Jos, was docked on a 7- count charge of impersonation, forgery and obtaining under false pretence.

One of the charges reads, “that you Kunle Adeshola “M” sometimes between May and October, 2013 in Abuja, in the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory falsely pretended to hold the office of an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission with staff identity card no. EFCC: 073, as a public servant and in such assumed character held out yourself to the Director General and staff of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation under colour of such office…”

The offence committed is punishable under section 132 of the Penal Code Cap. 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990.

Adeshola pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him, prompting the prosecuting counsel, Sylvanus Tahir to ask for a trial date while urging the court to remand the accused person in prison custody.

However, the defence counsel, Yemi Akinseye, prayed the court to admit the accused person to bail, stressing that the charges preferred against him are bailable. He assured that the accused will be available to face his trial.

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Justice Hussain Baba of the FCT High Court, Maitama, granted the accused bail in the sum of N2 million and surety in like sum who must be a civil servant of the rank of deputy director in the federal service and resident in Abuja.

He adjourned hearing on the case to November 29, 2013.

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