Two farmers, Sule Musa, 60, of Gwanara and Tukur Rabiu, 28 of Erikenu Fulani Camp, via Gwanara, Kwara State, have been arraigned before an Ilorin Magistrate’s court for kidnapping a cattle rearer.
The accused were said to have attacked a herdsman, Mohammed Buruji of Erikeno Fulani Camp, via Gwanara, Kwara State after accusing him of allowing his cattle to graze on their farm and afterwards, they kidnapped him to an unknown place.
Police, however, arrested the accused following a petition written on August 2, 2018 and addressed to the commissioner of police, Kwara State by the victim that the accused criminally conspired with one Ibrahim Musa, now at large, and abducted him.
According to the victim, the accused attacked him with stick and cutlasses and gave him a machete cut on his head and hand.
Police First Information Report (FIR) stated that investigation conducted at Federal-Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) office, Ilorin revealed that the accused kidnapped the victim to unknown destination with the intention to terminate his life before he was later released after the incident was reported at Gwanara Divisional Police Headquarters, Kwara State.
The FIR added that having known the gravity of the offence committed, the accused absconded from the village before they were arrested on August 3, 2018 by Miyeti-Allah in Gwanara.
The accused were arraigned on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, causing grievous hurt and kidnapping, contrary to section 97, 248 and 273 of Penal Code Law.
The prosecutor, Inspector Mathew Ologbonsaye, told the court that investigation into the case was on going.
He objected bail of the accused and urged the court to remand them in prison custody pending the outcome of investigation.