22 police recruits in Ilorin arraigned for using fake documents

Channels Television  
Updated March 16, 2012

At least 22 police recruits, training at the Police Training College in Ilorin, were arraigned in court on a four-count charge on Friday for allegedly using fake documents to secure employment.

They were accused of criminal conspiracy, forgery, impersonation and using a false document. The prosecuting counsel, David Woodi and Sgt. Matthew Ologbonsaye, told the courts that the men were arrested after a screening revealed the documents to be falsified.

The aspiring police officers pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Mr. Shina Ibiyemi, director of the Legal Aid Council in Kwara, representing the accused pleaded for bail, which prosecutors argued against, asking that the courts remand the accused pending completion of the investigation.

Ibiyemi argued that the court ought to maintain the men innocent until they are proven guilty, adding that the accused persons would present reliable sureties.

In his ruling, Magistrate Wahab Saka granted bail in the sum of N50,000 to 11 of the accused trainees, with a surety each.

On the other hand, a Magistrate Shuaib Olanikewu granted bail to the other 11 accused under similar bail bond, but insisted that the surties swear to an affidavit of means before the court registrar, reports said.

The respective cases were adjourned till April 12 and April 14 in their respective courts.