By Kayode Olabanji
An Akure Chief Magistrate Court has ordered the remand of a 25-year-old policeman, Feyisola Boye Obaya, in prison custody, for allegedly breaking into the office of the Commissioner of Police, Special Operation Squad, where he stole exhibits valued at N150,000.
The police brought the accused before the court presided over by Mrs Victoria Bob-Manuel, on a four- count charge of felony, stealing and unlawful possession of guns.
The accused person was said to have committed the offence in October, 2018 at about 10:00pm, at the Nigeria Police station, Oba-Ile, Akure in the Akure Magisterial District.
He was alleged of breaking into the office of the Commissioner of Police Special Operation Squad (CSOS) Oba-Ile, where he stole some items kept in police custody.
The items which are exhibits recovered in a case of house breaking and stealing included; one Samsung Galaxy handset, valued at N120,000 and one iPad phone valued at N30, 000, total of N150, 000, being property of one Olukayode Akinyele.
Also, on January 7, 2019 at about 10:00am at NTA area, Oba-ile, Akure the accused was said to unlawfully in possession of the following items; one locally made pistol, 18 round of 9mm live ammunition, Beretta pistol, three round of 7:62mm of AK47 rifle live ammunition.
Other items found on the accused are, two rounds of 9/18mm of Makarov pistol live ammunition, one AK47 rifle empty magazine, twenty two pellets, some quantity of gun powder, quantity of weed suspected to be Indian hemp, dagger, knife and criminal charm, which he could not give a satisfactory account of how he came about them.
The prosecution said the offences to be contravened section 414,390(9) 413(2) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Volume 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006 and under section 3 of the Robbery and Firearms (special provision) Act, Cap R11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
The plea of the accused was not taken.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Suliemam Abdulateef, prayed the court to remand the accused person in prison custody.
Abdulateef said it would enable the prosecution send the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution’s office for legal advice, since the court cannot entertain the count four of the charge.
Lawyer to the accused person, Mr Olumide Babalola Esq, did not oppose the application made by the prosecutor.
The Magistrate, Mrs Victoria Bob-manuel, ordered the remand of Boye, in Olokuta prison pending the issuance of legal advice from the DPP’s office.
The case was adjourned till March 11, 2019 for review.