The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has successfully prosecuted Kolajo Damilare, securing a six-month jail term for his involvement in the theft of household items owned by Razaq Salaudeen in the Abeokuta region.
Confirmation of this conviction came from the Commandant of NSCDC in the state, David Ojelabi during a telephone conversation with PUNCH Metro on Sunday.
As per Ojelabi, officers from the NSCDC at Opeji Division arrested the convict, Kolajo Damilare, on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at approximately 11 a.m. while conducting routine surveillance in the Bode Olude area.
Further details revealed that Damilare admitted to the theft of household items, which comprised a refrigerator, stabilizer, and security light belonging to Salaudeen, following a thorough interrogation by the authorities.
“It was established that Kolajo Damilare made his way into the compound of Mr Razaq Salaudeen to carry out the dastardly act. He vandalised the refrigerator and removed the evaporator, carried the stabiliser and also removed the security light and he was about leaving the compound when he was caught in the act.
“He was in the process of being mobbed when the attention of the NSCDC officers on surveillance patrol was called and he was handed over to the NSCDC for investigation and prosecution. He was then transferred to the state headquarters.
“The suspect, Kolajo Damilare, had upon a thorough investigation confessed to having committed the crime. Immediately, the state commandant, NSCDC Ogun State Command, CC David Idowu Ojelabi, gave the directive that he should be charged to court within a reasonable time,” he said.
Exercising its fiat power, the NSCDC brought Damilare before the Isabo Magistrate Court on a single count related to theft. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was subsequently sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, with an alternative option to pay a fine of N150,000.
“Damilare Kolajo was then charged to Abeokuta Magistrate Court 1 on Friday, November 17, 2023, backed by a fiat by the Attorney General of Ogun State empowering the NSCDC to prosecute in the court.
“Exhibits and facts were presented before the court and the arraigned suspect pleaded guilty to the one-count charge bordering on stealing.
“He was therefore sentenced to six months imprisonment/fine of N150,000 by Magistrate E. O Idowu (Chief Magistrate),” the NSCDC boss disclosed