Pastor remanded in custody for the murder of a member’s son
A pastor named Samuel Alade-Emin was remanded by an Ondo State Chief Magistrates Court in Akure, the state’s capital, over his suspected participation in the death of the son of one of his church members.
It was learned that the dead had been reported missing for seven days before being discovered in the care of the pastor in Alagbado village in the state’s Odigbo Local Government Area in August 2022.
The dead were named Olasupo Abiona, and it was claimed that his mother was a well-known figure in the defendant’s church.
Additionally, it was discovered that the deceased passed away at an unnamed hospital after ingesting a supposedly poisonous substance given to him by the defendant. In order to accomplish this, the pastor was later detained by the police and charged.
The defendant was arraigned before the court on a two-count charge bothering on deprivation of liberty and murder.
The police prosecutor, Nelson Akintimehin, informed the court that the defendant unlawfully detained the deceased, who was the son of one of his church elders, in his custody against his wish, depriving him of his liberty.
According to Akintimehin, the defendant allegedly administered a substance suspected to be poison to the deceased which made him vomit blood that led to his death.
The prosecutor claimed that the offenses violated sections 365 and 316(5) of the Ondo State Criminal Law from 2006.
However, the defendant entered a not-guilty plea to the crime, but his plea was not accepted.
In his application, he requested that the defendant be kept there while the court awaited the director of public prosecutions of the state’s opinion.
The counsel to the defendant, A. Motunrayo, prayed the court to grant her client bail in the most liberal terms, insisting he was innocent.
In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Musa Al-Yunus, ordered the remand of the defendant at the correctional center pending the advice from the state director of public prosecutions. He adjourned the case till February 9, 2023.