An Osun Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ile-Ife, Osun, on Thursday, remanded a female suspect, Mrs Adebayo Bunmi, 27, in prison custody over alleged theft of an 18-day-old baby.
Magistrate Muhibah Olatunji refused the bail of the accused person but asked the Defence Counsel, Mr Alaba Awoseemo, to come with a written application for the consideration of her bail.
Olatunji ordered the remand of the accused in Ilesa Prison custody, pending the ruling of the bail application, saying that this would serve as a deterrent to others.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Ona Glory, told the court that the accused committed the offence on July 1, 2018 around 05:30 p.m. at Itasin Area, Modakeke in Ife North east Local Government area of Osun.
Glory said that the accused stole an 18-day-old boy, David Adebode, son of Mr & Mrs Peter Adebode, with intent to deprive them permanently.
He explained that the offence contravened Section 371 (1) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2003.
The accused however, pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge of baby theft.
The Defence Counsel, Mr Alaba Awoseemo, applied for the bail of the accused in most liberal terms and pledged that his client would not jump bail but would provide substantial sureties.
The case was adjourned until July 23, for mention. (NAN)