The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences unit has arrested one Felix Olajide, a paramilitary officer of the Man ‘O’ War group, for allegedly stealing a motorcycle impounded by the enforcement unit.
Olajide, who was deployed to the enforcement team of the Task Force was said to have spurned the core values of the organisation by indulging in crime.
According to the Task Force, the enforcement team had earlier on Wednesday, August 15, impounded about 95 motorcycles plying restricted routes around Berger area of the state.
However, Olajide had pilfered one of the seized motorcycles, a Boxer Bajaj with registration number AYE 441 QC, which he gave out for commercial purposes.
Confirming the arrest, Wison Alaba, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said after the motorcycles were impounded, they had recounted them at the office and noticed one was missing.
“It was after we got to our office and re-counted those impounded motorcycles that we discovered one was missing. After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that Olajide stole the missing motorcycle despite the huge allowances paid every member of the agency’s paramilitary officers to cater for their needs,” he said.
In his confessional statement, Olajide said he stole the motorcycle pleaded for leniency and promised never to indulge in any criminality again if pardoned.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Lateef Owolabi of the Lagos State Mobile Court at Oshodi granted the accused bail on condition with two sureties after he pleaded ‘Guilty’ to the one count charged of ‘Conduct in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace by the theft.
He was accused of committing an offence punishable under Section 168 (1)(d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 levied against him and can be bailed only by two sureties.
The Magistrate who adjourned the case till August 30, 2017, however, said those two sureties in a like sum of N30,000 each must be a blood relations with a proof of evidence of three years tax clearance each to the government.
Prosecuting counsel, Olumide Ajibola, said the ‘Charge Sheet’ was read in Yoruba language as requested by the accused for proper understanding of the offence he committed.