A self confessed pastor, Mr. Daniel Okojie, has been arraigned at Ikeja Magistrate’s Court by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly attempting to defraud the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Mr. Tunde Sobulo.
The accused was arraigned on six counts of impersonation and obtaining under false pretense.
The charge also stated that the accused falsely presented himself to Sobulo as a representative of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Force Criminal Intelligence Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Mr. Solomon Arase.
Okojie was said to have also forged a Redeemed Christian Church of God identity card, with which he identified himself as a pastor to policemen at the command.
It was said that luck ran out on Okojie when he went to Sobulo to influence the transfer of 13 policemen to the Oil Protection Guard Unit of the Force from their respective stations. Okojie allegedly told Sobulo that Arase had ordered the transfer. He also asked that N50,000 be given to him for Arase.
Sobulo was said to have called called Arase to confirm Okojie’s request. He was detained when Arase denied knowledge of the matter.
The charge read in part, “That you Daniel Okojie, between the year 2010 and 2nd September, 2013, at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, GRA Ikeja, Lagos State, in the aforesaid Magisterial District, did knowingly presented a false Redeemed Christian Church of God identity card as an Area Pastor with intent to use or acted upon as genuine, to the prejudice of another and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 361(1)(a) and punishable under Section 361(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.
“That you Daniel Okojie(M) on the 2nd day of September,2013 at Lagos State Police Command Headquarters GRA Ikeja did with intent to defraud one Tunde Sobulo, M, falsely represent yourself as an aide of Assistant Inspector of Police, Solomon Arase, a representation you know to be false and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 371(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.
“That you Daniel Okojie on the same date, time and place in the aforesaid Magisterial District did falsely represent yourself as a member of the Nigeria Police Force, a representation you know to be false and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 78(a) and (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.”
Okojie pleaded not guilty.
The magistrate, Mrs. Oshodi Makanju, granted him bail in the sum of N200,000.
The case was adjourned till October 4, 2013 for trail.
Posted by Salmon Abiodun