BY PETER DURU
MAKURDI – The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed two of its men (names withheld) serving under the Benue State Commanded for allegedly stealing a motorbike belonging to a commercial motorcyclist.
Consequently, the two men have been arraigned before a Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court 8 for criminal conspiracy and theft.
The two dismissed Corporals had earlier been convicted in an orderly room trial which preceded their dismissal and subsequent trial before a court of competent jurisdiction.
The ex-police men were accused of engaging in an illegal duty at the North Bank area of the town early in the month, and in the cause of that duty collected a Car-Go motorcycle valued at N120,000 from one Sarwuan Solomon on the grounds that he flouted the orders restraining commercial motorbike operators from carrying out their business beyond 8pm.
The First Information Report FIR indicated that after confiscating the motorbike, the two officers diverted it to a secret hide out in the guise that it was being taken in for detention at the â€˜Câ€™ Division Police Station at the North Bank.
Days later when the owner of the motorbike took steps to retrieve the impounded motorcycle it was discovered that the Police men behind the seizure failed to make proper entry of the bike as was the practice.
They were said to have taken the motorbike to Otukpo, where it was sold to one Nonso Ujiogu for a paltry sum of N36,000.
The dismissed Police men were said to belong to a syndicate that specialized in the stealing of motorbikes from unsuspecting owners along the Makurdi-Daudu road during illegal duties while in police uniforms.
When the case came up for hearing, the first accused pleaded guilty as charged while the second accused denied the allegation claiming that he only witnessed and signed the agreement transferring ownership of the motorbike.
While adjourning the case to the 22nd of July for the commencement of hearing, the Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. Jane Ijohor, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N20,000 each and one surety each in the like sum.