A Prophet, Samuel Alade-Emi, has been ordered to be remanded in prison by an Akure Chief Magistrate Court, in Ondo State, for allegedly killing the son of an elder, Olasupo Abiona, in his church.
Newsbreak.ng gathered that the mother of the slain youth was the ‘lya-ljo’ of the church.
The deceased had been declared missing for seven days until his corpse was allegedly discovered in the prophet’s custody.
The young man was alleged to have died after consuming a concoction given to him by the suspect.
The concoction was suspected to be a poison and reportedly caused the deceased to vomit blood which led to his death.
The cleric, 45, has been arraigned before Chief Magistrate Musa Al-Yunus on two-count charges bothering on deprivation of liberty and murder.
The police prosecutor, Nelson Akintimehin, said that the defendant committed the offence between August 22 and 27, 2022 at Alagbado village via Ore, Odigbo council area of Ondo State.
The offences contravene sections 365 and 316(5) of the Criminal Law of Ondo State, 2006
The police prosecutor, therefore, urged the court to remand the defendant at the Olokuta Correctional Centre pending the outcome of advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Reacting to the allegation, the prophet said he was innocent. He stated that the deceased was under treatment in his church before he was declared missing.
He added that he was part of the search team, adding that the victim did not die in his church but in the hospital after he was found.
According to him “It was quite unfortunate that he died in the hospital after ten days of treatment,” Prophet Alade-Emi said.
His counsel, A. Motunrayo, prayed the court to grant her client bail in the most liberal terms, “because of his innocence”.
But, in his response, the trial Chief, Magistrate Musa Al-Yunus, ordered Prophet Alade-Emi’s remand pending an advice from the state DPP.
Magistrate Al-Yunus subsequently adjourned the case till February 9, 2023.