Three suspected kidnappers remanded in Kwara

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Three suspects, Yahaya Daodu, 20; Hassan Alhaji Jida, 25 and Yere Kumeh, 40 all of Kero Fulani Camp, via Okuta, Kwara State have been remanded at the Federal Prison Yard, Oke-Kura, Ilorin for allegedly kidnapping a man for a ransom.
The order to remand the accused was made by an Ilorin Chief Magistrate Court before which they were arraigned on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and armed robbery, contrary to Sections 2, 15 of Kwara State Prohibition of Kidnapping Law, 2010 and 6(B) and 2(1) of Robbery and Firearm (Special Provision) Act cap RII Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Prior to the arrest of the accused, one Mohammed Adamu of Tabera Fulani Camp, via Okuta, Kwara State had on April 27 reported at Okuta Divisional Police Station, Kwara State that his father, Adamu Adamu was abducted by suspected kidnappers.
According to the complainant, his father left home on April 26 for Okuta and never returned home, but only to discover his father’s shoe and a GSM phone number 0811724798 attached to their door on the second day.
However, when the GSM phone number was contacted, it was revealed that the owner of the shoe was kidnapped and demanded for a ransom of N5 million.
This made the complainant to inform the vigilante operatives at Okuta, Kwara State, who embarked on search operation.
Meanwhile, on April 30 based on a tip-off Yahaya (first accused) was arrested and on interrogation he allegedly confessed to the crime and mentioned one Hassan (second accused) as the mastermind of the kidnap.
On May 5, Hassan (second accused) was arrested and upon his arrest he allegedly mentioned other members of their gang as Yere (third accused) and one Tambaya who allegedly escaped with the victim’s Bajaj motorcycle valued at N215,000 and a cash of N6,000.
Police First Information Report (FIR) stated that investigation conducted at the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Ilorin revealed that the accused were the kidnappers who abducted the victim, while they demanded a ransom of N5 million.
The Prosecutor, Inspector Matthew Ologbonsaye informed the court that investigation into the case was in progress, while effort was ongoing to apprehend the other at large and recover the Bajaj motorcycle and the sum of N6,000 of the victim.
The prosecutor also objected bail of the accused and urged the court to remand them in prison custody pending the outcome of investigation.
Chief Magistrate K.A. Yahaya who presided over the matter acceded to the submission of the prosecutor and ordered that the accused be remanded at the Federal Prison Yard, Oke-Kura, Ilorin until the next adjourned date.
The court adjourned the case till June 6 for further mention.
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