12 men, who allegedly impersonated Nigerian soldiers, were on Monday brought before an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
The accused are: Emmanuel Anthony, 28; Mubarak Abdullahi, 23; Gabriel Ibeh, 29; Chukwuemeka Okolie, 30; Ibrahim Isah, 31; and Ayokunle Ale, 29.
Others are Godwin Emmanuel, 24; Robert Danag, 28; Olamide Olasunkanmi, 29; Hammed Yahaya, 28; Gabriel Bala, 28; and Suleiman Abubakar, 28.
They are facing an 18-count charge bordering on impersonation and unlawful possession.
They all pleaded not guilty.
Police Sgt. Kehinde Omisakin, who is prosecuting the case, told the court that the offences were committed between January and April at Ojo area of Lagos.
She alleged that the accused impersonated as members of the Nigeria Army and that forged Army identification cards, uniforms, camouflage T-shirts, boots and bag were found in their possession.
The accused could not give a satisfactory account of the items, she said.
The offences contravened Sections 79, 330 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Sections 79 and 411 prescribe two years imprisonment for offenders.
The Magistrate, Mrs O.A. Komolafe, admitted the accused to a bail of N100,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
She said the sureties should have evidence of tax payment for at least three years and adjourned the case until May 31. (NAN)