The Osun State Police Command has dismissed one of its officers, Olayiwola Felix, for allegedly stealing an applicant’s property during a recruitment exercise into the force recently.
Felix, aged 24, was said to have stolen a bag from an applicant, Ajibola Bolaji, containing a Techno Camon 12 mobile phone worth the sum of N58,000 and cash of N25,000.
Meanwhile, the Command has dragged the dismissed officer before an Osun Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo over alleged theft.
Police prosecutor, ASP Idoko John, told the court that the accused person committed the offence at 8:30 PM at the Nigeria Police Headquarters, Osogbo on August 24.
He said Felix committed an offence contrary to Section 383 and punishable under Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap 34, Vol ll Law of Osun State 2002.
The dismissed police officer pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge levelled against him. He told the court he bought the phone by a roadside not knowing it was stolen.
Defence counsel, O.O Oladele, applied for bail for the accused in the most liberal term saying that the accused was still presumed innocent until proven contrary. She further said the accused person was dismissed in the command because of the offence.
Idoko opposed the bail application on the ground that the accused will tamper with the investigation because there was no proof that he bought the stolen phone saying that 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.