By Damilola Akinmolayan
An Akure Chief Magistrates’ Court has remanded five persons at the Olokuta correctional facility over kidnapping of two Akoko Chiefs along Owo/Ikare road.
The police arraigned the defendants; llyasu Lawal, 27, Mohammadu Abubakar Siddi, 26, Garba Bature, 36, Abubakar Dengy, 20 and Mohammed Moshere, 25, for committing the offence on August 4, 2022 around 6:pm at Owo/lkare express road.
They were charged for unlawful possession of weapons, armed robbery and kidnapping.
The prosecutor, Inspector Adeoye Adesegun told the court that the defendants conspired to wit armed robbery and kidnapping.
He alleged that the defendants while armed with gun and other dangerous weapons shot the head of one Adejoro Muda, a driver attached to a Toyota Corrola with number plate AKA 818 AE.
Adesegun said the accused persons illegally had in possessions, three Barrel guns, five live cartridges and two face masks in contravention to the Firearms Act.
They were alleged to have also robbed one High Chief Bello Mukaila and Kolade Oguns, while they carted away one Samsung Galaxy note 8 valued at N143,000 and one itel Android phone valued at N47,000, including a cash sum of N36,000.
The prosecutor said the defendants also unlawfully kidnapped some persons; Chief Mukaila, Chief (Mrs) Margaret Suleiman, Adeniran Adeyemi and Bashiru Adekunle, and whisked them away to unknown bush, where they held them hostage for three days.
The defendants, according to the charge sheet, forcefully collected N4,000,000 ransom from their families before they were released.
According to the prosecution, the offences are contrary to and punishable under Section 6,(A&B)1,2,3(1) (b),3 of Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap 147, Vol.4, Laws of Ondo State Nigeria, 2006.
The defence counsel, P.C Odimegun prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him reply to the prosecutor’s application on points of law.
In his ruling, Magistrate Mayomi Olanipekun ordered the remand of the accused persons at Olokuta Correctional Center pending legal advice.
He adjourned the case till November 29, for legal advice from the State Ministry of Justice.