By Ayodele Popoola
A 16-year-old teenager, Lekan Mustspha has confessed how he and a man, Zulum Yisa, have kidnapped nine children with a magical ring.
Mustapha during his arraingnment at the Magistrate Court sitting in Akure confessed that his guardian has been using him to kidnap innocent children for one Islamic clergy based in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
He said Yisa gave him a charm ring which he usually used to beat his victims which made then unconscious.
The duo were arrested last month by men of the Western Nigeria Security Agency outfit, Amotekun, Ondo State Command at Oka-Akoko area of Ondo State.
The duo with no specific residence were brought to court on one court of kidnapping.
The state counsel. O.F Akeredolu, informed the court that the defendants were involved in child kidnappings in the area. He said they confessed to have kidnapped up to nine children.
Akeredolu said the offence committed contravene sections 3(ii)b and 6 of the Ondo State Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Abduction Law, 2010.
While Yisa openly denied the allegation, Mustapha confessed that Yisa has been using him to kidnap their victims in any place they found themselves.
While answering questions from the Magistrate, Mustapha confirmed that he worked for Yisa, who is a syndicate working for one Alfa in Ikorodu.
He said the Alfa gave Yisa a magical ring used for their operation.
“l started living with Yisa after the death of my parents some years ago for survival, and we both trekked from Ilorin down to this place.
“Whenever we wanted to kidnap our victim, Yisa will give me biscuits to entice the children and lure them to him. And immediately, he would use his charm ring to beat them and they would become unconscious.
“We normally give them to Alfa. We have kidnapped up to nine children,” he said.
Akeredolu told the court to remand the defendants at the Olokuta Correctional Centre till the outcome of advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
The trial magistrate, Damilola Sekoni ordered the remand of the man at the Correctional Centre while he said the teenager should be taken to Juvenile remand home till the outcome of DPP’s advice.
He adjourned the case till March 28, for mention.
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