The Akwa Ibom State High Court in Uyo has sentenced a 60-year-old man, Ita Michael Sampson, to three years imprisonment for impersonation.
Sampson, a native of Odot in Nsit Atai local government area, was sentenced for claiming to be a staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In a one-hour judgment delivered recently by Justice OkonOkon, Samson was found guilty of impersonation of public officer, an offence punishable with three years imprisonment, under Section 112 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Volume Two, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2000.
The court held that, the convict, alongside a Police Corporal from Cross River State Command, had on July 29, 2010, gone to First Bank of Nigeria, Etinan Branch and falsely presented themselves as officers of the EFCC and Department of State Services, investigating a petition from Abuja against the bank manager, Mr Godwin Daniel.
Okon said: “The convict is a miserable liar and a serial fraudster that nemesis has caught up with and did not show remorse but made efforts to cajole the court through his fairy tale of defence.”
He held that Sampson was not a decent member of the society and constituted a danger to public safety.
The judge said the convict should be kept away from public glare for sometime in the hope that he would learn his lessons and change his negative behaviour.