Akurem - An Akure Chief Magistrates' Court
on Thursday remanded seven men in prison for allegedly kidnapping one Mrs
The accused persons are Tosin Adenikeju, 23, Abiodun Olabowale,23,
Omoniyi Akinsoyinu ,19, Olatunji Gbekele,28, Ugbeagbe Alebert,41, Lapada
Ojuotoile, 55, and Monday Omode ,40.
The Magistrate, Mrs Victoria Bob-Manuel, ordered the remand
of the accused persons in Olokuta prison pending the receipt of legal advice
from the state's Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
She also directed that the original copy of the case file be
sent to the state’s Chief Registrar for safe keeping.
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The Police prosecutor, ASP Isah Atanegbe, had told the court
that the accused persons, who were armed with guns and other dangerous weapons,
kidnapped the nurse at Araromi-Obu-Oniparaga Road in Odigbo Local Government
Area of Ondo State.
Atanegbe alleged that the accused persons committed the
offence on Oct. 18 at about 8:00 a:m.
He said the accused took the victim to an unknown
destination and demanded a ransom of N30 million from her family.
According to him, the offence is contrary to and punishable
under Sections 5(1) and 2(1)(a)(b) of the Ondo State Anti-kidnapping and
Anti-abduction Law, 2010.
The court did not take the plea of the accused while the
case was adjourned till Dec. 18 for first review and legal advice.