By Sade Adewale, Ondo
A 59-year-old civil servant, Adetunji Akinyotu, has been arraigned before an Ondo Magistrate Court, for intimidating and threatening to kill one Samuel Fasakin and his brothers with a gun.
Akinyotu was arraigned before the court on one count charge bothering on threat to life.
The police prosecutor, Bernard Olagbayi, said committed the offence on March 6, 2023, at Agiodo Ojojo, off Akinjagunla Ondo Town.
The charge read, “That you, Adetunji Akinyotu, on March 6, 2023, at Agiodo Ojojo, off Akinjagunla Ondo Town, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did intimidate and threaten to kill one Samuel Fasakin and his brothers with a gun and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 19 of the Violence Against Persons (prohibition) Law of Ondo State, 2020.
But the defendant pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge preferred against him.
Olagbayi prayed the court for an adjournment, adding that three prosecution witnesses would testify in the case.
The defence counsel, A.O. Thomas, pleaded with the court that his client was innocent of the offence leveled against him.
He urged the court to admit the defendant to bail in most liberal terms, promising that he would not jump bail should his application be granted.
Magistrate Charity Adeyanju, in her ruling, granted the defendant N500,000 bail with one surety in like sum.
She added that the surety must be credible, reliable, and reside within the court jurisdiction.
Adeyanju adjourned the case till November 16, 2023, for trial.