CHIEF MAGISTRATE S.O Adedapo last Friday ordered that a cripple, who is facing trial over an allegation of kidnapping before the court in Akure, be kept in the custody of the Criminal Investigation Department, CID, of the Ondo State Police Command.
The police prosecutor in the case, Pelumi Adejuwon, made the order following the rejection of the accused person after the court initially ordered that the accused person be returned to ‘A’ Police cell in Akure from where he was brought to the court.
Adejuwon premised his reason on the provision of the law, which states that the police cannot accommodate the accused thereafter.
According to the prosecution, the accused person, Kabirudeen Adekeye, 27, with one other accomplice who is at large went to the residence of one Adeola Aremu and took him away with his motorcycle to an unknown destination against his will.
The prosecution alleged that the suspect kidnappers later demanded the sum of N100,000, as ransom, thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 3 (1) of Anti-kidnapping and Anti-Abduction Laws of Ondo State, 2010.
Counsel to the accused person, Barr. Adedamola Ambekemo told the court that the charge against his client is frivolous, adding that the draft of the charge has failed woefully to fulfill the requirement of the law and applied for his bail.
He told the court that from all indication, the accused person could not commit the offence levelled against him because he is crippled.
Reacting, the prosecutor, Pelumi Adejuwon stated that the duplicate of the case file was not available because the accused counterpart has been charged.
Chief magistrate Adedapo appealed to the police prosecutor to consider the pathetic condition of the accused person if remanded in prison custody, saying that he can be beaten and maltreated by other inmates.
He ordered that both the original copies of the case file and the duplicate be presented to the court before the next adjourned day.
Before adjourning the case till August 28, 2015 for mention, Adedapo directed the family of the accused person to always visit him at the Criminal Investigation Department.

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