Court Remands Eight Herdsmen For Kidnapping Ex-Minister’s Son, Collecting N22million Ransom

A Chief Magistrate Court in Ibadan, Oyo State, has ordered the remand of eight herdsmen who allegedly kidnapped the son of a former Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, in June 2020.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O. O Ogunkanmi, ordered the remand of the suspects who have been charged for 26-count bordering on conspiracy, kidnapping and assortment of N22million ransom.

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The suspects are; Umoru Abubakar, 28, Yakubu Samaila, 27; Mohammed Abubakar, 27; Shamsudeen Musa, 27; Suleiman Dauda, 27; Nura Musa, 27; Sanda Usman, 28, and Mustapha Samsun, 22.

Ogunkanmi, who refused to take the plea of the defendants, on account of lack of jurisdiction, ordered the defendants to be remanded on the Abolongo Correctional facility, Oyo city.

Ogunkanmi mentioned the remand was pending the result of the case file on the Oyo State Directorate of Public Prosecution.

She adjourned the matter until September 27 for point out.

Earlier, the police prosecutor, Inspector Sikiru Opaleye, advised the courtroom that the defendants and others at giant allegedly conspired collectively to commit the act of kidnapping.

Opaleye acknowledged that on June 18, 2020, at about 4pm, the eight herdsmen entered into an built-in farm, Iroko village, Ibadan, and kidnapped one Adedayo Adewole.

“The herders allegedly kidnapped Adedayo while on his father’s farm for the purpose of collecting ransom and demanded the sum of N50million as ransom from Adejare Adewole for the release of Adedayo.

“The defendants allegedly collected N5million for the release of Adedayo.” 

He acknowledged that suspects gathering ransoms from different kidnap instances, totaling N22,154,000.

He mentioned the offences have been opposite to Sections 3(1) and a pair of punishable below Section 4 (1), 4(2) of the Oyo State Kidnapping (Prohibition) Law 2016, which additionally contravened Section 516 of the Criminal Code of Oyo State 2000.

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Court Remands Eight Herdsmen For Kidnapping Ex-Minister's Son, Collecting N22million Ransom

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