Osun Election: Court Remands Alleged Fake DSS Personnel in Prison

The Osun state Command of the Nigeria Police on Thursday arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate Court a 22-year old man for parading himself as an officer of the police and the Department of State Services [DSS] during the just concluded governorship election in Osun.

The accused, Aladegolu Victor, who was arrested in Ile-Ife on August 9, pleaded guilty to the two-count charge brought against him by the Commissioner of Police.

‎According to the charge sheet, the accused, in company with others now at large, presented himself as a personnel of the DSS at a polling unit in Ile-Ife City Hall area.

The suspect and others at large were arrested at about 12:05 p.m., as they terrorised members of the public, an offence contrary and punishable under section 517 of the state criminal law 2003.

The suspect and others were alleged to be wearing black T-shirts with the inscription “Police” in front and “DSS” behind”.

It added that the suspect committed an offence contrary and punishable under Section 109 of the State Penal Code.

A prosecutor for the state, Biodun Badiora, while announcing his appearance, said the Attorney General of the state is taking over the matter from the police to ensure diligent prosecution.

The defence counsel, Nnenna Ngwu, did not object to the application by the state to take over prosecution from the Police, stating that the court has been saved the rigour of a stretched trial with the suspect pleading guilty to the two-count charge against him.

In rejecting the bail application for the suspect, Magistrate Olusola Aluko urged the defence counsel to apply for bail formally.

Mr. Aluko also ordered that the accused person be remanded in prison custody.

The magistrate then adjourned the matter till September 12 for hearing.

The suspect was arrested and detained Police custody before the poll but was initially released by Police. He was later re-arrested.

Both the Osun state government and the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress [APC] had before and during the election raised the alarm over the presence of hoodlums impersonating men of the Nigerian Army, the Police, DSS and other security agencies.

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Atahiru Jega, a professor, on Wednesday confirmed that the Osun election was nearly rigged while also condemning the presence of hooded security agents as well.

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