Friday, July 24

Court remands another set of Kogi judge kidnappers


Another set of five persons have been arrested and charged before a Kogi Chief Magistrates’ Court in connection with the kidnap of Justice Samuel Obayomi of the Kogi High Court.

Chief Magistrate Alhassan Husaini, who heard and ruled on the matter on Friday, adjourned further proceedings to October 29, for mention.



He also ordered the remand of the suspects in the custody of the Department of State Service in the state pending the hearing.

The five accused are Muktar Zubairu, Abdul Momoh, Kabiru Shuaibu, Enesi Jamiu and Abubakar Lawal.

They were charged with criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and kidnapping, contrary to sections 97(1) and 221 of the Penal Code and Section of 3 of Kogi State law on kidnapping.

The prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Abaji, during proceeding told the court that the accused were being arraigned for their involvement in the kidnapping of the judge on May 25, at Ebogogo in Adavi local government area of the state.

Abaji told the court that they committed the act while armed with guns and other dangerous weapons, and that in the process, they also killed his police orderly, Corporal Musa Usman.

He submitted that Obayomi was later released on June 27 after a ransom was paid.

Abaji said the five accused were arrested between June 26 and July 2 by a joint task force of the Military and DSS in Edo state, and N2.9m believed to be part of the ransom money recovered from them.

Abaji told the court that two Nissan Almera cars and one Volkswagen Golf wagon with registration number YAB 718 EW were also recovered from the accused.

The five accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the three count and claimed that they knew nothing about the kidnapping, expressing surprise over their arrest and detention.

In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate ordered their remand in DSS custody and adjourned to October 29, for mention.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 72-year-old Ahmed Adoke and John Sule, 41, Mechanic, were earlier arraigned for the same offence and remanded in Medium Security Federal Prisons, Koton-Karfe.

(NAN)

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