The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Task Force) has arraigned a paramilitary officer (Man ‘O’ War) for stealing a motorcycle out of those impounded by the Agency.
Deputy Supritendent of Police Mr. Wilson Alaba who represented the Chairman of the Agency disclosed that the paramilitary officer was a member of the enforcement team who operated and impounded motorcycles plying restricted routes around Berger area on Wednesday, 15th of August, 2017.
Dsp Alaba disclosed further that during the enforcement operations 95 motorcycles plying restricted routes around Berger area were impounded and taken to office.
“It was after we got to our office and re-counted those impounded motorcycles that we discovered one was missing and after a thorough investigations it was discovered that one Mr. Olajide Felix a paramilitary officer (Man ‘O’ War) attached with Agency stole the missing motorcycle”
Dsp Alaba noted that, the Lagos State Government have been paying huge allowances as at when due to every members of the Agency’s paramilitary officers to cater for thier needs and to equally deprive them of indulging in this criminal acts.
He confirmed that the Agency just concluded a 3-Day Training Workshop tagged “Work Ethics and Attitudinal Change For Law Enforcement and Field Officers” for all paramilitary officers in July 2017 as approved by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
The representative of the Chairman of the Agency who warned other paramilitary officers not to engage in criminal activities however stated after he was well briefed about the incident, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mr. Fatai Owoseni directed that the suspect be immediately prosecuted.
Mr. Olajide Felix a paramilitary officer (Man ‘O’ War ) attached to the Agency since 2009 confessed in a statement he wrote after his arrest that he stole the impounded motorcycle and that he has been using it personally since then.
“Yes, i stole a motorcycle (Boxer Bajaj) with registration No AYE 441 QC out of 95 motorcycles impounded during an enforcement operations at Berger and I have been using it for commercial purposes before I was arrested with it”
Master Felix (31yrs) who hailed from ‘Oro’ in Kwara State said it was the devil that pushed him as he has never engaged in criminal activities since he was born.
He however pleaded for leniency and promised never to indulge in any criminalty again if pardoned.
Meanwhile Magistrate Lateef Owolabi of the Lagos State Mobile Court at Oshodi granted the accused (Mr. Olajide Felix) a bail conditions with 2 sureties after he pleaded ‘Guilty’ to the one count charged of ‘Conduct in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace by stealing an impounded ‘Boxer ( Bajaj ) motorcycle and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 168 (1)(d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 levied against him.
Magistrate Lateef Owolabi who adjourned the case till 30th of August, 2017 however stated that those 2 sureties in a like sum of N30,000 each must be a blood relations with a proof of evidence of 3 years Tax clearance each to the Government.
Prosecuting Counsel Barrister Olumide Ajibola disclosed that the ‘Charge Sheet’ was read in yoruba language as requested by the accused for proper understanding of the offence he committed.