Two men were docked today for impersonating Military officers at an Abuja Magistrates' Court. 

Methuselah Enoch, 25 and Caleb Auta, 23, where charged by with five counts of criminal conspiracy, breach of trust, cheating, fraudulently obtaining by trick and and impersonation. 

The prosecution counsel, Abdullahi Tanko, told the informed the court that the complainant, one Tanko Yabo of Pasali area in Kuje, Abuja, took the matter before the Police on October 4th.

He said that the defendants on August 28 conspired and falsely introduced themselves as a Captain and Major. They said they were with the Nigerian Army and attached to the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

He said the defendants connived and sent a fake text message to the complainant informing him that he had been shortlisted into the service of the Nigerian Army. He said they defrauded the complainant of N250,000.

The defendants however pleaded not guilty to the charges read against them. 

Counsel to the defence, Fatima Sanni, prayed the court to grant her clients bail in the most liberal terms. She cited sections 158 and 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), to buttress her prayer for bail. 

She said that the accused persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty by the law. She also added that the defendants would not jump bail, if her prayers are granted. 

The Chief Magistrate, Aliyu Shafa admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N1 million each. He also ordered that they present two sureties each in like sum. He said the two sureties must reside in Abuja and within the court's jurisdiction.

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