Lagos - A Federal High Court in Lagos on
Tuesday remanded a 41-year-old policeman and three fishermen in prison for
allegedly kidnapping nine police officers.
Police constable Akowe Jacob and the fishermen, Godwin
German, 36, Tamarami Tunwa, 23; and Mayibi Hazeez, 29, are facing a 10-count
charge bordering on conspiracy and kidnapping.
The Prosecutor, DSP Raymond Odion, told the court that on
May,24,2014 at about 9am, the accused kidnapped ASP Abdullahi Bature, Insp.
Raymond Oriere, Insp. Usman Mohammed and Insp. Oguntimehin Kolawale.
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Odion listed other officers kidnapped as Insp. Tijani
Jimoh.Cpl. Elogbamen, Cpl. Yakubu Alitu, Cpl Usman Abdulkareem and Cpl. Dauda
Mohammed all of whom were on their lawful duties at Arepo when the incident
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the offences.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 33
(1a) of Terrorism Act provides 20 years imprison for any person found guilty of
Odion, however, urged the court to remand the accused in
prison, pending trial.
Barr. SW Baide, Counsel to the accused, urged the court to
grant them bail, promising the court that they would not jump bail.
Baide supported his bail application with a
19-paragraph-affidavit and a written address.
Justice Mohammed Yunusa has fixed Sept. 15, for ruling on
the bail application.