By Oluwadamilola Akinduro
A 31year-old farmer, Endurance Amos, has been remanded by an Akure Magistrates’ Court over alleged kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms.
The prosecutor, Augustine Omhenimhen informed the court that the defendant attempted to kidnap one Toyin Omoniyi, by taking him to the forest reserve without his consent, on June 12, 2023 around 2:00pm at Arimogija Okeluse road in Ondo State.
He stated that the defendant shot Omoniyi at close range with his locally made barrel gun.
Omhenimhen also said the defendant took the victim to forest reserve with intent to rob him of his Bajaj motorcycle.
He said the defendant on the same date, time and place unlawfully had in his possession, one locally made barrel gun, which he could not give satisfactory account of how he came about it.
The offence committed contravened Sections 5B of Ondo State Abduction/Kidnapping Act 2010, 320 of the Ondo State Criminal Code Law, 2006 and 6 and 3 of Robbery, Firearms Act Cap RII Laws of the Federation 2004.
Amos, who is facing a two-count charge of attempted kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms pleaded not guilty to the offences leveled against him.
The prosecutor prayed the court to remand him at Olokuta Correctional Centre, pending issuance of advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The defence counsel, G.O. Bernard, however, prayed the court for adjournment to enable him file a counter affidavit to the application.
Magistrate O.I. Ogunmoyela ordered the remand of the defendant at Olokuta Correctional Centre and adjourned the case till August 8, 2023 for advice.