Ondo Pastor remanded as worshipper’s son dies of suspected poisoning
An Ondo State Chief Magistrate’s Court in Akure has remanded Samuel Alade-Emin, a pastor, for his alleged involvement in the death of his church member’s son, Olasupo Abiona.
It was discovered that Abiona, who was reported missing for seven days in August 2022, was found in the custody of the pastor at Alagbado village in Odigbo Local Government Area.
Pastor Emin was taken into custody and arraigned before a court on two counts bothering on deprivation of liberty and murder. Abiona, who had been given poisonous substances by the cleric, died in an undisclosed hospital.
Nelson Akintimehin (police prosecutor) informed the court that Abiona (the son of one of the elders in the cjurch) was unlawfully detained by the defendant.
Akintimehin revealed that the defendant had allegedly given the victim a poisonous substance, which caused him to vomit blood leading to his death. This offence contravened Sections 365 and 316(5) of the Criminal Law of Ondo State, 2006.
Further, the police prosecutor asked that the court keep the defendant, who pleaded not guilty to the crime, in the correctional center pending the outcome from the state Director for Public Prosecutions.
A. Motunrayo, the counsel to the defendant, asked the court to grant bail to her client in the most generous terms. She maintained that he was innocent.
Musa Al-Yunus the Chief Magistrate ordered that the defendant be remanded at the correctional center pending advice from the state Director for Public Prosecutions. The case was adjourned until February 9, 2023 by Musa Al-Yunus.