Nigerian Man Lands 5 Years In Prison For Posing As Customs Officer

Morgan Mohammed, a 40-year-old man, was on Tuesday sentenced to five years imprisonment by an Apapa Magistrate court for impersonating an officer of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and defrauding victims of N454,000.

According to the News Agency Nigeria (NAN), Magistrate T.O Babalola, sentenced Mohammed after he pleaded guilty to three counts of impersonation, stealing and obtaining under false pretense.

Babalola said, “Based on the facts of this case, confirmed report and the plea of leniency, I hereby sentence you to five years imprisonment with an option to pay back the total sum stolen from the complainants.

”The court also sentences the convict to six months community service for the charge of impersonation.”

The prosecutor, Sgt. Friday Inedu, had earlier told the court that the convict committed the offence between August and October 2018 at Agip Estate, Satelite Town, Lagos.

He said that the convict paraded himself as an NCS officer to Mr Ibewuike Emeka, Ogechi Ezeaka and Musa Dauda, and obtained N114,000 on the pretext of getting a job for them.

Inedu said that Mohammed also obtained N340,0000 from Vivian Nweke and Thelma Raji, with a promise to supply 30 bags of rice each to them.

The prosecutor also told the court that the convict stole items worth N113,000 from Raji.

He added that when the complainants discovered that they had been duped by the convict, they reported the matter to the police and Mohammed was arrested for questioning.

He also said that the offence contravened provisions of sections 78, 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2019.

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