A 35-year-old man, Johnson Akinwale, has been remanded in custody by an Osogbo magistrate’s Court for allegedly attempting to kidnap a two-year-old girl, Jelilat Okunade.
Akinwale, who appeared in court on two counts of felony and kidnap, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The charge sheet, obtained on Thursday, alleged that Akinwale committed the offence on October 11, 2012 at Sabo, Osogbo along with other suspects at large.
It said, “That you Johnson Akinwale and others still at large, on October 11, 2012, about 4:20pm, at No 190, Sabo Road, Osogbo, did attempt to kidnap one Jelilat Okunade.”
Arguing, the Police Prosecutor, Mr. Oladoye Joshua, told the court that the offence was contrary to Section 516 and 509 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume II, Laws of Osun State, 2003.
Defence counsel, Mr. Sunday Atofarati, said the accused person remained innocent until proved otherwise even as he urged the court to grant him bail.
The Magistrate, Mr. Olusola Aluko, however, asked Atofarati to file a formal bail application on behalf of Akinwale.