A 44-year-old man, Adetoro David, on Friday appeared before an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun for allegedly stealing a two-year-old boy.
David, whose address was not disclosed by the court, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and conspiracy.
The Police Prosecutor, Insp. E.O. Adaraloye, told the court that the defendant and others, still at large, committed the offence on Sept 8 at Oju-Ore, Ota, around 4.30 p.m.
Adaraloye said that the defendant and his accomplices conspired to steal a 2-year-old boy, Marvelous Oluwole, when his mother sent him and his elder brother, Kehinde Oluwole, on an errand.
He alleged that the defendant and a woman were standing together when they called Kehinde and his younger brother to come over.
“When they arrived, the duo gave Kehinde money to go and buy biscuits, while leaving Marvelous with them,” he said.
Adaraloye said that before Kehinde came back from where he went to buy the biscuits, the two had already taken Marvelous away.
He said that the defendant was arrested after the case was reported to the Onipanu Police Station by Kehinde’s mother.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Sections 371(1) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.
David, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Adeyemi, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed, with evidence of tax payment to the Ogun State Government.
She thereafter adjourned the case until October. 8 for trial.