By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
A Police Corporal, Aliyu Ishaka is presently languishing in Ilesa prisons for failing to meet his bail conditions handed to him by an Okuku Magistrate Court in the case of theft pressed against him by the police.
28-years-old Ishaka was arraigned before Magistrate M. A. Awodele of a Magistrate court sitting in Okuku, Osun state for allegedly stealing a Jincheng motorcycle belonging to his colleague, Corporal Augustine Oshim attached to Okuku Divisional Police Station in the state.
Ishaka was said to have been dismissed by the Nassarawa Police Command where he was serving for committing an offence.
But the accused was said to have been penciled for a mass transfer early last year before his dismissal came.
The accused was eventually transfered to Osun state and he had since been receiving salary and serving at the Okuku Police station where he was posted after mistakenly transfered to Osun state.
“Instead of him (Ishaka) to use the opportunity of the transfer to repent of his bad behaviours after God had given him chance to repent, he continued to commit offence and here he is stealing a colleague’s motorcycle,” a Police Inspector who did not want his name in the press told our correspondent.
When Ishaka was dragged to the court, the Police Prosecutor, Inspector Idoko John informed the court that the accused committed the offence on 6th November, 2015 at about 6:00pm at Okuku Police Station.
Inspector Idoko further informed the court that the number plate of the stolen motorcycle is LAGOS Qk 389 FST adding that the motorcycle was valued N120,000.
The prosecution then argued that the accused have committed an offence contrary to Section 383 and punishable under Section 390(10A) of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol II, Laws of Osun state of Nigeria, 2003.
But Ishaka pleaded not guilty to the one count preferred against him. There was no counsel to represent him in court.
Nonetheless, the presiding Magistrate Awodele committed him into bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in the like amount.
The judge held that one of the sureties must be a civil servant not less than level 10 or a Police officer not below the rank of Assistant Supritendent of Police.
He adjourned the matter till February 16, 2016 for hearing.
Apparently, the bail conditions were stringent for the accused as he could not perfect them. Officials of the Prisons consequently whisked him to their custody.