Court Discharges Female Kidnapper

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An Ota Magistrate’s Court, Ogun State has discharged a lady accused of abducting a one and half-year old boy, Temilehin Akinyemi following the decision of the complainant to settle the matter out of court.

The accused, Kudirat Akanni, has been standing trial on a one-count charge of kidnapping before the court.

The police prosecutor, Inspector O. Ohiku had told the court that the accused was arrested on 25 December, 2010 at about 8 p.m. at Sango for allegedly kidnapping a one and half-year old Timilehin Akinyemi, belonging to Mr. Akinyemi Olumide, an offence punishable under Section 371 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.

The prosecutor revealed that on the day she was arrested, she was under the influence of alcohol and now she is looking better.

“She was arraigned on 11 January, 2011 and during her detention in prison custody, no member of her family came to visit her,” he added.

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She pleaded not guilty to the charge but the father of the victim, Mr. Olumide, pleaded that he wanted the matter settled out of court since he has seen his son and he is in good health. He added that the woman should be allowed to go.

The presiding magistrate, Alhaji A. Adenariwo discharged the accused with no costs.

—Alatise -Kehinde