A fake journalist, who has been parading as the Assistant Editor of The News magazine, Segun Odofin, was yesterday arrested at a reception in honour of the immediate past Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Dr Ade Abolurin.
The suspect was immediately invited to explain himself to members of the Ogun State Correspondent Chapel led by its Chairman, Kunle Olayeni.
One of the correspondents, who alerted his colleagues on sighting the fake practitioner, said the suspect has been parading as a journalist.
The journalist said Odofin was at the funeral ceremony of Senator Olorunmibe Mamora’s mother, Madam Elizabeth Adesola Mamora, in Ijebu Ife on Saturday.
He explained that he overheard people complaining at the funeral ceremony that the suspect had taken money from them with the promise to help publish a story, but ran away when attempts were made to arrest him.
When he was accosted yesterday, the fake journalist, who showed an identity card with the inscription ‘The News Magazine’, boasted that he has been practicing before many journalists were born, adding that he started his practice with the Tribune newspaper.
A call was immediately put across to the state correspondent of PM News/The News magazine, Abiodun Onafuye, who debunked Odofin’s claims.
The suspect, who later claimed to be a freelance journalist, was immediately handed over to officers of the NSCDC and was subsequently transferred to the Ibara Divisional Police headquarters.
Odofin, however, confessed to have printed the identity card by himself, claiming that he resulted to impersonating the media outfit because of ‘a challenge’.
Further checks revealed that he passed a note to the deputy commandant of the corps demanding monetary gratification for covering the event.
The note which was later passed to the journalists read, “Press: Our Dear DCG, we are the gentlemen of the press that came to cover the ceremony. We highly recognise your presence and we hold you in high esteem. Kindly sir, put smiles on our faces to make our journey back to Lagos. We are five press men. Thanks.”
Meanwhile, the police have assured that he would be charged to court for impersonation, forgery and obtaining money under false pretence.

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