Ex-police officer lands in court for stealing police aspirant’s bag

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By Abimbola Abatta, Osogbo

Osun State Police Command on Monday dragged a dismissed police officer, Olayiwola Felix 24, before an Osogbo Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing police aspirant’s bag.

Police prosecutor, ASP Idoko John told the court that the accused person committed the offence on August 24th, 2020 at  about 8:30 pm at Nigeria Police Headquarters Osogbo.

He alleged that the accused person did steal a bag containing one Techno Camon 12 mobile phone valued N58,000 and a cash sum of N25,000 total value N88, 000 property of one Ajibola Bolaji, a police aspirant.

He stated that the offence committed by the accused person is contrary to section 383 and punishable under section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol ll Law of Osun State 2002.

The ex-police officer pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge levelled against him by the police.

He told the court that he bought the phone by the roadside not knowing it was a stolen phone.

Defence Counsel, O.O Oladele applied for the bail of the accused person in most liberal term saying that the accused is still presumed innocent.

She said the accused person was dismissed in the command because of the matter.

The prosecutor opposed the bail application on the ground that the accused will tamper with the investigation because there is no proof that he bought the stolen phone, adding that he will jump bail.

Idoko informed the court that the incident happened during police recruitment at the police headquarters in Osogbo.

He disclosed that the phone was tracked down to the Police Headquarters.

In his ruling, Magistrate Modupe Awodele granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum, thereby adjourning the case till November 9 for hearing.