Officers of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a woman for impersonating her friend in other to withdraw money from her account. The suspect identified as Rosemary Goodday reportedly impersonated her friend Rosemary Onovakpuri, by attempting to withdraw the sum of N500, 000 from her account after filling a withdrawal slip with Rosemary’s forged signature. Pulse reports that the suspect was apprehended at the bank after the teller realised the difference between her signature and that of the account holder. However, Rosemary claimed to have impersonated her friend over an amount of money owed to her.
She said, “I went to the bank to withdraw the sum of N500,000 belonging to one of my friends called Rosemary. She was not aware that I was trying to forge her signature to withdraw the said amount. The basis for my action was annoyance of what she did to me four years ago. She robbed me of the sum of N3 million. I did not know how she did it but all I can say is that she sometimes accompanied me to the bank. That was why I decided to pay her back by forging her signature before I was caught. Since she withdrew my money four years ago, I have not seen or heard from her but I have had it in mind to pay her back in her own coin.”
Facing charges of three counts of manner likely to cause breach of peace, impersonation and stealing, Rosemary was arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate court. The court heard from police prosecutor, Kenrich Nomayo, that the offences contravened sections 166 (a), 378(1) and 21(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011. Presiding over the case, the Magistrate, Mrs T. A. Ojo, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,00 with two sureties in like sum. In her ruling, she also stated that the sureties must be related to the accused by blood, gainfully employed with evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and their addresses must be verified by the court.