7 Remanded for Kidnapping, Murder, Robbery in Ondo

The Ondo State Magistrate Court, sitting in Akure, the state capital has ordered for the remand of seven persons who were allegedly involved in kidnapping, murder and armed robbery.

The defendants included Moha­mmed Umaru, Sulieman Aliu, Abubakar Ibrahim, Abudu Barzor, Muhammed Tukur, Aota Bello, and Cindu Yahu.

It was gathered that the defendants were arrested by the state chapter of the southwest security network code-named Amotekuns corps for kidnapping three persons, killing one person on Ikare-Owo Expressway who resisted abduction, as well as robbing another victim.

The defendants were arraigned before the court on four counts bothering on conspiracy, armed rob­bery, murder and kidnapping.

The prosecutor told the court that the defendants committed the offence on August 4, 2022 between Ago Paanu and Ose River along Owo-Ikare Road in the state.

According to him, the defendants conspired with others at large, while armed with weapons to kidnap three persons identified as Bello Mukailla, Niran Adeyemo and Risikatu Sulieman.

He stated that the defen­dants also killed one Mudashiru while driving on the Owo-Ikare road by firing gunshots at him while attempting to resist being kidnapped, adding that the kidnap gang also allegedly robbed one Abdul Murtala of a sum of four million naira and other valuables at gun point.

He said the offence committed contravened Sections 3(ii)b and 6 of the Ondo State Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Abduction Law, 2010,Sec­tions 1(1) and 2 of the Robbery and Firearms Act, Cap R.ll Laws Volume 14 of the Feder­ation of Nigeria 2004 and Section 308,316,320 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo 2006.

The prosecutor prayed the court to remand the defendants in the correctional centre.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge as their counsel, U.F. Salau prayed for an adjournment to enable him file a counter affidavit to the application.

The magistrate, Damilola Sekoni, ordered that the defendants should be remanded at the Amotekun custody and adjourned the case till August 18 on ruling on the remand application.

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