By Temitope Olukayode
A 39-year old Chibuzor Elikee who claimed to have in his custody, the one year old boy, Gold Kolawole who got missing at the Sotitobire Miracle Centre Akure late last year, was today arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure for demanding with menace.
According to the charge sheet, he was alleged to have threatened the wife of Sotitobire’s Founder, Bisola Alfa, through a text message claiming the boy was with him and demand N800,000 ransom for his release.
The prosecution stated that, Chibuzor vowed to kill the boy if they fail to provide the money.
He was alleged to have committed the offence on December 14th, 2019 at about 11:30pm off Oda road in the Akure magisterial district.
According to the three count charge, the offences, contravene sections, 509, 406 and 407, of the criminal code cap 37 vol 1 laws of Ondo State 2006.
The Prosecuting Police Officer, Adeoye Adesegun, told the court that he had five witnesses, but only two were in court, and therefore prayed the court to remand the accused and for adjournment of the case in other to enable him study the case file properly.
Meanwhile, the defense counsel, Mr. Isaac Adubazi, prayed the court to admit the accused person to bail in the most liberal term, promising a credible and reliable surety.
In his ruling, the Presiding Magistrate, Mayomi Olanipekun, however, ordered that the defendant be remanded at Olokuta correctional service, pending a legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution.
The case was adjourned till February 20, 2020.