An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court has ordered that four armed men who allegedly wore military uniforms and kidnapped a man at his residence for a ransom be remanded at the federal prisons in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The accused are Mohammed Umar, 27; Tambaya Abubakar, 35; Mohammed Abubakar, 30,and Samo Umar, 30, .
They were arraigned on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy; attempt to commit culpable homicide and kidnapping, contrary to Sections 97, 229 and 273 of Penal Code Law.
The accused were arrested following a tip- off received on November 5, 2015 at the Yashikira Divisional Police Station, Kwara State that some armed men had kidnapped one Alhaji Hassan Wahab Taiye of Chikanda, Kwara state at his residence.
According to the source, when the victim was inside his mosque four armed men came with AK47 riffles, while two of them wore army uniform and they forced the victim into their operational Toyota Corolla saloon car with registration number MUS 618 CM and took him away.
The vigilance man employed by the victim was said to have had a scuffle with the gunmen with a view to rescue his boss from them, but he was shot on the left arm by the gunmen.
However, the said Toyota Corolla saloon car used by the kidnappers was later abandoned along Yashikira/Kosubosu road, Kwara state due to hot chase by the security agennts.
The suspects, however, escaped arrest while their unregistered motorcycles were also recovered inside the bush at Yashikira.
A search conducted in the recovered car and motorcycles allegedly led to the recovery of a army hat, First Bank of Nigeria Plc saving pass book, a native cap with name of Aliyu Okuta and five expended AK 47 riffle ammunitions.
However, the victim was released on November 10, 2017 after an undisclosed amount of money was allegedly paid as ransom to the suspected gunmen.
The Police First Information Report (FIR) stated that information received in the course of investigation led to the arrest of the accused.
The FIR added that investigation conducted at the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Ilorin revealed that the accused and others at large were the gunmen that kidnapped the victim.
The prosecutor, David Wodi, told the court that the alleged offences for which the accused were brought before the court was not ordinarily bailable.
The prosecutor objected to the bail of the accused and urged the court to remand them in prison custody pending the outcome of investigation into the matter.
The trial magistrate, Mrs. M.B. Folorunsho, who declined to take the plea of the accused for lack of jurisdiction to try the matter, agreed with the submission of the prosecutor and ordered that the accused be remanded at the federal prison custody, Ilorin until the next adjourned date.
She adjourned the case till March 23 for further mention.
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