Benue: 9 Remanded In Prison for Kidnapping

Posted: December 17, 2015 in Crime, News
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A Makurdi Magistrates’ court on Thursday remanded nine persons in prison custody for alleged kidnapping, personating a public servant and forgery.

When the case came up for mention, plea of the accused persons were not taken for want of jurisdiction.

The police prosecutor, Insp. Abraham Akule told the court that, the offence

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contravenes section 97, 274, 134 and 365 of the penal code laws of Benue state 2004 suggested.

One of the accused person, Emmanuel Kelechukwu of near N.K.S.T Church Wadata Makurdi was arrested by detectives of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department following a tip-off with his red coloured Toyota corolla motor vehicle with Reg NO: ABUJA DC 323 GWA for being a master minder of the kidnap.

The accused person, Emmanuel confessed to have conspired with one Oloma Ugochukwu and one Kingsley surname unknown all of Makurdi town now at large, kidnapped five children aged 1-4 years old and sold same to one Ngozi Uwasomba of Muchi-Nkata village Bende road Umuahia, Abia state.

During police investigation, the said Ngozi was arrested by the police and further told the police that, she bought the children from the above persons and later sold them to one Virginia Eni, Nnenna Emmanuel, Ann Oti, Patience Eke, Promise Uwakwe, Pastor Dickson Michael and Ambrose Nwachukwu all of Umuahia town, Abia state and Lagos respectively who were also arrested by the police.

She further said that, the children were sold at the rate of N500,000 and N700,000 respectively and that she does so under the disguise of being one of the senior social welfare officer attached to Umuahia North Local Government council , Abia state and have forged some documents to that effect to perpetrate the crime.

Five male children were recovered from the accused persons and handed over to their parents to wit; Apav James, Mark Imoh and Saater Ikyausu all of Makurdi and Kadun state respectively.

Prosecution said investigations into the matter was still ongoing and prayed the court for another date for mention.

The Magistrate, Mrs. Franca Yuwa later adjourned the case to Jan. 25, 2016 for further mention.

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