An Ondo State Magistrates ’ Court sitting in Akure , on Monday , ordered the remand of a man , Chibuzor Ejike , in a correctional centre for making fraudulent claims .
Ejike was arrested last week in Port Harcourt , Rivers State , for claiming to be the abductor of a boy, Gold Kolawole , who went missing on the premises of the Sotitobire Praising Chapel , Akure .
He allegedly sent a text message to the wife of the church’ s founder, Mrs Bisola Babatunde , demanding the sum of N 800 , 000 as ransom for the release of Gold .
Gold , who went missing during a service in the church on Sunday, November 10 , 2019 , has not been found, while the founder of the church, Alfa Babatunde , is standing trial at a magistrates’ court over the boy’ s disappearance .
The 39- year – old Ejike was arraigned before the court on three counts of felony , threat and demanding with menace .
According to the police prosecutor , Inspector Adeoye Adesegun , the defendant committed the offences on December 14, 2019.
He stated that the offences were contrary to and punishable under sections 509 , 406 and 407 of the Criminal Code , Cap 37, Vol. 1 , Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria , 2006.
Adesegun prayed the court to adjourn the case to enable him to study the file .
The counsel for the defendant, Mr Isaac Adubazi , did not oppose the request for adjournment but prayed the court to admit his client to bail in the most liberal terms .
In his ruling , the magistrate , Mr Mayomi Olanipekun , ordered that the defendant should be remanded in the Olokuta Correctional Centre pending legal advice by the Director of Public Prosecutions in the state .
The magistrate adjourned the case till February 20, 2020 , for further hearing .
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