By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun state on Thursday, 21st August, 2014 remanded a 22-year-old man, Aladegolu Victor, in prison custody for allegedly impersonating operative of Department of Security Service (DSS) and the Nigeria Police Force during the August 9 governorship election in the state.
According to charge sheet numbered Mos/476c/2014, the accused person with others at large wore T. Shirt with inscriptions bearing ‘Police’ in the front and ‘DSS’ at the back and paraded themselves as part of security personnels deployed to the state to see to the peaceful conduct of the election.
The charge sheet reads in part, “that you, Aladegolu Victor, aged 22 and others now at large on or before 9th August at about 12.05 pm at -le-Ife Magisterial District sitting in Osogbo did conspire together to commit an offence to wit impersonating members of the Police and Department of Security Service (DSS).
“That you (Aladegolu) and others now at large at the aforementioned place, time and thesame Magisterial District did impersonate yourself as member of Police and Department of Security Service (DSS) by wearing a T-shirt with an inscription of ‘Police’ in the front and ‘DSS’ at the back.”
An Assistant Principal State Counsel in the state Ministry of Justice, Mr. Biodun Badiora, then informed the court that the accused has committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 517 and 109 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.
The accused person who was dragged to the court by armed fierce-looking security men entered into a not guilty plea to the two count-charge pressed against him.
Effort by Aladegolu’s counsel, Mrs. Nnenna Ngwu, to apply orally for his bail proved futile as the presiding Chief Magistrate Olusola Aluko ordered the latter to furnish the court with a formal bail application.
Aluko then ruled that the accused be remanded in Ilesa prison custody till his counsel formally applies his bail. He then adjourned the case till September 12, 2014 for hearing.