Ondo State Chief District Court in Akure, the state capital, has remanded a pastor, Samuel Alade-Emin, on remand for his alleged involvement in the murder of his church member’s son Orazupo • Death of Olasupo Abiona.
Punch the subway It is understood Abiona’s whereabouts were unknown for seven days sometime in August 2022.
He was later found under the guardianship of a priest in the village of Alagbado in the Odigbo local government area of the state.
It is also understood that Abiona died in an undisclosed hospital after the defendant allegedly gave him a poisonous substance.
Police have since arrested the pastor and charged him with deprivation of liberty and murder.
Police prosecutor Nelson Akintimehin informed the court that the accused had unlawfully detained Abiona, the son of an elder of the church, against his will.
According to him, the defendant allegedly administered a suspected poisonous substance to the deceased, causing him to vomit blood and die.
Akintimehin stated that the offense was committed in violation of Sections 365 and 316(5) of the Ondo State Penal Code 2006.
In his application, Akintimehin asked the court to keep the accused in a correctional facility pending the outcome of the state attorney general’s recommendation.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty, but his plea was not heard.
The defendant’s lawyer, A. Motunrayo, asked the court to grant her client bail on the most lenient terms, maintaining his innocence.
In his ruling, Chief Judge Musa Al-Yunus ordered the accused to be remanded in a correctional center pending a recommendation from the state attorney general.
He adjourned the case until February 9, 2023.