An Akure Chief Magistrates’ Court has remanded two officials of the State Security Service (SSS) in prison custody for alleged armed robbery.
The officials, Owolabi Kolawole, 25, and Okunola Kayode, 28, were arraigned before Chief Magistrate, Igbekele Akinyele, on a two-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery.
They were said to have committed the offence with others now at large on June 14, 2012 at about 11.30 a.m. at UBA on Owo/Ado Road, Akure.
The police accused the two SSS operatives of robbing a car dealer, Peter Charles Denis of the sum of N480,000.
The offence, the police said, is contrary to and punishable under Section 402 (1) of the Criminal Code cap 30 Vol. II laws of Ondo State, 1978.
The accused pleaded not guilty.
Mr. Kolawole, however, told the court that they went to arrest the complainant, Mr. Denis, and he gave them N100,000 so that they would not take him to their office.
When asked by the court what the money was meant for, the accused persons said it was to lobby them not to take the complainant to SSS office; a suggestion the magistrate rejected saying taking the money amounted to bribe collection by the officials.Akinyele, however, told them that in legal parlance, what they did amounts to taking a bribe.
Police prosecutor, Pelumi Adejuwon, informed the court that he had four witnesses and urged the court to grant an adjournment to enable him to assemble them.
Counsel to the accused persons, Ilesanmi Ikuemenisan, urged the court to admit the accused persons to bail on liberal terms.
In his ruling, the judge refused the bail application, adding that as SSS officers, they are not supposed to take bribes.
He, therefore, remanded them in prison custody and adjourned the matter to July 20 for hearing.