Amotekun arraigns 72-year-old, others over kidnapping
By Ayodele Popoola
& Boluwatife Akinola
No fewer than 14 suspects including a 72-year-old kidnapping syndicate arrested in Ondo State were on Thursday arraigned before an Akure Magistrate Court, for various offences ranging from kidnapping, rape, armed robbery and murder by Amotekun Corps in the state.
The Septuagenarian, Basiru Mohammadu who resides in Upenmen, Owo was brought to court on a charge of kidnapping.
The State Prosecutor, O.F. Akeredolu, told the court that defendant committed the offence on November 17, 2023, at about 6:00 pm, at Upenmen Forest, Owo, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Mohammadu, who was security man in a farm, and others still at large conspired to kidnap two persons including his boss.
He also said the defendant had been a kidnapping syndicate in the area
The charge reads in part “That you, Mohammadu Basiru, and others now at large, on or about November 17, 2023, at about 6:00 pm, at Upenmen Forest, Owo, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, within the Criminal Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did conspire with others still at large to kidnap Nelson Adeyemi and Olaoye Olaniyi “
The offence contravenes Section 2 and Section 6 of the Ondo State Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Abduction Law, 2010.
Based on the nature of the offences committed, Akeredolu urged the court to remand them at the Olokuta Correctional Centre, pending the issuance of advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
However, the defence counsel, Kehinde Osadugba prayed to the court for an adjournment to enable his client to reply to the application.
Magistrate Damilola Sekoni adjourned the case till December 27, 2023, for a reply and ruling on the application.
Also docked was a middle-aged fashion designer, Adesoji Adebayo for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl.
The prosecution counsel told the court that the defendant committed the offence on November 1, 2023, at about midnight at Alhaji Camp, Idanre.
Akeredolu said the defendant raped the victim (name withheld) by intentionally penetrating her vagina with his penis which caused injury to the girl.
The offence Section 3 (2) (c) Ondo State Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law of Ondo State, 2021.
Akeredolu urged the court to remand the defendant at the Olokuta Correctional Centre for DPP advice
Magistrate Sekoni adjourned the case till December 27 for ruling.
Similarly, a man, Ayomide Olamide was arraigned for alleged murder, armed robbery, and possession of firearms
Akeredolu told the court that the defendant and others at large committed the offence on December 12, 2023, at Danjuma, Akure, Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State.
He alleged that the defendant conspired with others at large while armed with a dangerous weapon, and stole a motorcycle valued at N550,000, property of Jide Ofor.
Olamide was also said to have attempted to kill the victim, by attacking him with dangerous weapons leaving him injured.
Akeredolu urged the court to remand the defendant pending advice from the DPP.
The Magistrate adjourned the ruling on his remand application till December 27, 2023
Other defendants arraigned were Wisdom Victor for stealing a cell phone, Raphael Adeniyi for stealing mechanic equipment, Friday Samson, Babatunde Abiodun, Iroko Ojo and Ariyo Bamikole Ayuba Asiru for stealing a goat and motorcycles.