Osun Police dismiss officer for stealing applicant’s bag during recruitment exercise
By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
Osun State Police command has dismissed one of its Police Officers, Olayiwola Felix for allegedly stealing the belongings of a police applicant during a recruitment exercise into the Force recently.
Felix,aged 24, was said to have stolen a bag of the applicant, Ajibola Bolaji, containing one techno Camon 12 mobile phone valued N58,000 and cash sum of N25,000 total value N88,000.
The incident happened in the night during the police recruitment at the police Headquarters in Osogbo on August, 24,2020.
Meanwhile, the police have dragged the dismissed operative before an Osun Magistrate’s court sitting in Osogbo over alleged theft.
Police prosecutor, ASP Idoko John told the court that the accused person committed the offence at about 8:30pm at Nigeria police Headquarters, Osogbo.
He said 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 roadside not knowing it was 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 until proven contrary.
She further said that the accused person was dismissed in the command because of the offence.
The prosecutor, opposed the bail application made by the counsel on the ground that the accused will temper with investigation because their was no proof that he bought the stolen phone.
Idoko said the phone was tracked down to the police Headquarters.
Ruling on the bail application, Magistrate Modupe Awodele granted the accused bail in the sum N100,000 with one surety in like sum.
The case was adjourned till November 9, for hearing.