The police on Wednesday arraigned a 28-year-old student of the Osun State University, Adedamola Olagoke, and charged him with kidnapping, being the person who allegedly communicated last with the duo of Samuel Eke and Akinduro Robert of the same university before their disappearance.
The accused person was arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo.
Samuel and Akinduro are final year students of the Computer Science Department of UNIOSUN and they have been missing since September 5th.
The duo reportedly went to Ogidan Junction where Olagoke allegedly asked them to meet him; but their whereabouts has not been known since around 10:54pm of September 5th.
The Police Prosecutor, Mr. Mireti Wilson, told the court that Adedamola and others at large conspired and kidnapped the two students.
Adedamola was apprehended by the police on September 10, 2016, five days after Samuel and Robert went missing.
The suspect, who was prosecuted on three-count charge relating to unlawful imprisonment and kidnapping, pleaded not guilty to allegations levelled against him.
The charge sheet read, “That you Olagoke Adedamola ‘M’ and others now at large between same period and place at the aforementioned magisterial district did unlawfully kidnapped one Akinduro Robert and took him to unknown destination in such a manner as to prevent any person entitled to have access to him from discovering the place he is imprisoned and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 364(2) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol.II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.
“That you Olagoke Adedamola and others now at large between same period and place at the aforementioned magisterial district did unlawfully kidnapped one Samuel Eke and took him to unknown destination in such a manner as to prevent him from discovering the place he imprisoned and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 364(2) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol.II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.”
But the counsel to the respondent, Mr. Kazeem Badmus, prayed the court to admit Adedamola to bail, saying that the accused person would not hinder the trial in any way.
He said the accused person was an asthma patient whose health status had been communicated to the police.
The pleas of the defence counsel were turned down, as Magistrate Falilat Sodamade ordered that the accused person be remanded in prison custody till the next adjourned date of October 6, 2016.
The accused person burst into tears when the court ordered that he should be remanded in prison custody.Punch