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Court remands suspected kidnappers in prison custody

18 September 2012, 16:14

Delta - An Asaba Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday remanded three persons in the Federal Prisons, Ogwashi-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area over the alleged kidnap of Paul Otio.

The accused are: Innocent Atuenyi, 33, Emmanuel Adebayo, 34, and Emmanuel Edokun, 38.

The men are facing three-count charge of kidnapping, stealing and demanding property by written threats before a Chief Magistrate, Mr Sylvester Ehikwe.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the court however did not take the plea of the accused.

Ehikwe said that the case was not within the jurisdiction of the court and ordered that the case file should be sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution for advice.  

Earlier, a State Security Service Prosecutor, Mr C.C. Otum, told the court that the accused committed the offence on July 1, at Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area.

Otum said that the accused on the day and place unlawfully kidnapped and imprisoned Otio and demanded N2 million from the victim’s family.

The prosecutor also said that the accused on July 6 obtained N2 million from Otio’s family.

He said that the offences committed contravened Sections 364(2), 406 and 390 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap C21 Volume 1, laws of Delta State, 2006.

Ehikwe adjourned the case to Sept. 28 for mention.


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