On Thursday, an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court ordered the remand of a suspected kidnapper, Abdullahi Yaro, in the Oke-Kura Correctional Centre in Ilorin.
The police arraigned Yaro on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and kidnapping, offences contrary to Section 97 and 273 of Penal Code Law.
The defendant allegedly kidnapped four family members, including a mother and three children, and demanded a ransom of N50 million.
Mrs Afusat Alege, the Magistrate, then delayed the case to April 25 for further consideration.
The police prosecutor, Insp. Mathew Ologbonsaye, informed the court that sometime in December 2021, one Alhaji Taisha claimed that his wife and three children had been taken.
According to Ologbonsaye, the complainant further informed the police that the abductors had demanded the money.
The prosecutor said that upon the receipt of the information, the police with the support of members of the local vigilante swiftly swung into action and four of the kidnap victims were rescued.
According to him, the rescue was made without payment of the ransom and the kidnappers took to their heels when they sighted the police.
He added that on March 10, they received information that Yaro was among the kidnappers, and thereafter the suspect was arrested and brought to the office of the Anti-kidnapping Squad for questioning.
Ologbonsaye said further that investigation conducted by the Anti-Kidnapping squad, revealed that the suspect and others, now at large, were the criminal elements terrorising Omu-Aran and its environs.
He urged the court to remand the suspect to afford the police time to complete their investigation.
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