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OYO COURT DETAINS FOUR HERDSMEN OVER ALLEGED KIDNAPPING

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By Fawziyyat Yusuf.

On Tuesday, a chief magistrate court in Iyaganku, Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, ordered the remand of four herdsmen for alleged kidnapping.

Ibrahim Ahmadu, 20, Mohammadu Dariya, 28, Shehu Usman, 23, and Abubakar Siddi, 25, were charged with kidnapping, conspiracy, and demanding ransom.

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Chief Magistrate Olaide Hamzat refused to accept their plea, claiming that the court lacked authority. The suspects were remanded in the Abolongo Correctional Facility in Oyo, Town.

The police were then ordered by Hamzat to return the case file to the Oyo State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal guidance.

Inspector Opeyemi Olagunju, the Prosecution Counsel, told the court that the suspects and others at large kidnapped one Abubakar Shehu from his Father’s camp at approximately 1 a.m. on July 7, 2021, for the aim of collecting ransom.

He claimed the suspects wanted N30 million in ransom from the victim’s father, Shehu Umaru, and that the crime was punishable under sections 3 (1) (2) and 4 (2), 10 of the Oyo State Kidnapping ( Prohibition ) Law 2016.

The case has been rescheduled until October 25, 2021.

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