A 63-year-old man, Kanto Riga and one Christopher Lanehambaji, may spend the next six months in prison for posing as retired military men.

Riga and Lanehambaji, from Adamawa, pleaded guilty to charges of joint act impersonation and using forged documents.

One Abdullahi Muhammed of Nigeria Airforce, attached to Military Pension Board, Abuja, reported the matter at the Kubwa Police Station on January 22.

He said Riga and Lanehambaji and two others at large, presented themselves to the complainant and other Military Pensions Board members as former military men.

He said they presented and used as genuine, forged discharge certificates with numbers 63NA/103693 SGT Sarki Kwata Munato and 63NA/107309, L/CPL Daniel Mushala.‎

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For the police, both Riga and Lanehambaji dishonestly committed the offence with intent to collect pension from military authorities and defraud the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Defence Counsel, ‎Moses Ugwummadu, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy, saying that his clients are family men with children.

The judge, Mohammed Marafa, then gave Riga and Lanehambaji, N30,000 option of fine each, and one surety each.

He said the surety should ensure they attend court to assist the police in investigating one Gilmore Ambrose, charged with abetting the crime committed by Riga and Lanehambaji.‎


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