Ex-Police Officer Docked For Stealing, Impersonation

Victor Banor, a dismissed Police Officer, has been remanded in police custody over allegations of stealing and impersonation.

Banor had approached a Federal High court sitting in Lagos to declare his continued detention in Police custody illegal, while claiming that it was an infringement on his fundamental human rights.

Banor was allegedly apprehended with a police warrant card, stamp cards and photocopies of fake police identity cards with which he passed himself off as a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, in the Lagos Police Command.

Arguing for the continued detention of Banor before Justice C.J. Aneke, the Police speaking through Justin Enang, its counsel in a counter-affidavit accused the suspect of also stealing an exhibit vehicle involved in a matter that is under investigation.

Aside that, the Police also told the court that the suspect had at different times defrauded unsuspecting Nigerians of about N20 million after he was sacked from the Police.

The Police said ongoing investigation on the suspect have shown several forged documents including the opening of about 25 bank accounts using fictitious names. Banor is said to have used those bank accounts and fictitious names to open salary accounts and receive payments in about 13 Police Commands across the country.

Enang also told the court that a Police Barretta pistol loaded with eight rounds of ammunition which the suspect had absconded with from the Enugu State Police Command was yet to be recovered.

The police counsel prayed the court not to grant the accused bail, citing possible escape from further prosecution since he had evaded arrest before he was eventually caught in Onitsha, Anambra State on April 15, 2014.

Will Nigerian Police be able to fight corrupt practices in Nigeria when its own officers abet crime?

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