Ex-Cop Remanded Over Theft Of N12m

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The operatives at the Monitoring Unit of the Inspector General of Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, Nigeria, have arraigned a dismissed police officer known as Balogun Amos, 27, before the Igbosere Magistrate’s Court on a two-count charge of committing felony to wit, stealing.

The police alleged that the accused between July and December 2010 while serving as a personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, attached to the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos, conspired with others now at large to allegedly steal N12,444,237,00 property of Nigeria Police Force.

The alleged stolen money, according to the police, was the salary of the police recruits at the Police College between July and December 2010, but instead of him to use the money for the purpose it was meant, he and others converted it into their personal use.

He was arrested by the police authorities when the theft was uncovered. After investigation, he was dismissed from the force and charged before the Igbosere Magistrate’s Court for stealing.

The offence, according to the prosecutorn ASP E. J. Nkankurk, is punishable under Section 516(1) and 390(5) of the Criminal Code Cap. 17 . Vol. ii, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge but the prosecutor, ASP Nkankurk objected to the accused counsel’s plea for bail on the ground that the accused could jump bail if granted.

He said the accused had been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force and that he no longer lives in Ikeja Police Barracks.

But the presiding Chief Magistrate, E. A. Fabanwo overruled him and admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum who must produce evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State government.

She adjourned the matter till 11 October, 2011 for mention.

The accused was remanded in Ikoyi Priosn when he could not perfect his bail conditions before the court closed for the day.

—Paul Iyoghojie

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