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Impersonation: Police arraign 'fake traditional ruler' in Delta ~ Truth Reporters


25 August 2020   |   5:43 pm

The Police in Delta on Tuesday arraigned a self-styled Traditional Ruler of Kerebiri Mein Kingdom in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta, Godspower Tam Oporomo on a six count charge before a magistrate court in Asaba.

Among others, the charges include impersonation, disobedience to law, installation as traditional Ruler and engaging in acts likely to cause a breach of public peace.

In count four (4) the defendant, Mr. Godspower Tam Oporomo was arraigned for installing himself as the Traditional Ruler of Kerebiri Mien Kingdom in Bomadi, on the 3rd of September 2016 at Bomadi in Bomadi Magisterial District, an act which is against the Traditional Rulers Council and chief law cap T2 law of Delta State 2020 punishable under section 202 of the criminal code law cap C.21 Vol.1 laws of Delta state of Nigeria 2006.

In count six (6) the defendant was arraigned for parading himself as the king of Kerebiri Mein Kingdom when he is not thereby committing an offence punishable under section 26 of the Traditional Ruler council and chief law Cap T2 law of Delta State 2008.

When the charges were read in court, the defendant pleaded not guilty, there after his counsel made an oral application for bail which was not opposed by the legal team of the complainant led by Thompson Okpoko, SAN.

Ruling on the application, the trial magistrate Maurice Chinedu Okwuasaba said it was a bailable offence and accordingly admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N250,000.00 naira with two sureties who must be residents of Asaba Magisterial District.

The trial magistrate then adjourned the case to September 14 for further hearing.

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