The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday arraigned Kunle Adeshola, a fake Assistant Commissioner of Police who also claimed to hold a PhD from the University of Jos before Justice Hussain Baba of a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Adeshola was arraigned on a 7-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence and impersonation.
The suspect is alleged to have been parading himself as an Assistant Commissioner of Police attached to the EFCC and defrauding unsuspecting heads of government agencies. He is alleged to have penetrated the office of the Director-General of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, claiming he was assigned to discreetly investigate staff of the corporation.
However, the suspect was arrested by operatives of the Commission after he purportedly sought approval for secondment to the NTDC and to travel with NTDC staff on a foreign trip.
He had at other times claimed to possess a doctorate degree in Criminology from the University of Jos.
Upon his arrest, a search carried out in his apartment in Lugbe, Abuja, yielded documents that include a fake EFCC identity card, fake Police ID Card, forged NYSC and University of Jos certificates.
The accused pleaded not guilty after the charge was read to him. The prosecuting counsel, Sylvanus Tahir thereafter asked for that the accused be remanded in prison custody while a trial date should be fixed. Yemi Akinseye, the defence counsel however pleaded that his client be admitted to bail since the offence for which he is standing trial are bailable. The counsel also assured the court that Adeshola would be available to face trial.
Justice Baba granted him bail in the sum of N 2 million with a surety in like sum, the sureties must be an assistant director in the Federal Civil Service and must be resident in the Federal Capital Territory.