Judiciary

66-Year-Old Woman Remanded for Stealing Baby

A 66-year-old grandmother, Mrs. Adebisi Balogun and 60-year-old man, Mr. Adegboye Awoniyi have been remanded in Ilesha Correctional Facility for allegedly stealing a 4-month-old baby in Osun State. 

The police dragged the defendants before an Osogbo Magistrate Court on three counts of conspiracy, stealing and breach of peace. 

Police prosecutor, Inspector Adeoye Kayode said the suspects in April 2021 at Ayetoro Area, Osogbo conspired to steal a child thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 516 of Criminal Code CAP 34 Vol. Il Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.

He also said the woman stole a 4-month-old baby and also conducted herself in a manner that caused a breach of peace on August 26th 2021 at Ayetoro area of Osogbo. 

Mrs. Adebisi pleaded not guilty to conspiracy but pleaded guilty to stealing of a child and breach of peace, while the man, Adegboye pleaded not guilty to the first count which was the only charge against him.

Counsel to the two defendants, Mr. Nagite Okobe and Mr M. A Akinwande pleaded with the court to grant bail to the two accused persons in the most liberal terms. 

However, the police opposed the bail, saying, the two accused persons will jump bail if they are granted bail and the baby that was stolen is currently in an orphanage home in Osogbo.” 

The presiding magistrate, Mrs. A O Daramola ordered that they should be remanded in Ilesha Correctional Facility. 

She adjourned the case until September 21st, 2021 for an accelerated hearing of the matter. 

Akinola Adenitan

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