A Chief Magistrate’s Court in Lokoja, Kogi State, has remanded five persons in prison custody for allegedly kidnapping one Paulina Audu.
The accused persons, Ibrahim Sunday, Idowu Idah, Karimu Ganiyu, Jamiu Isah, and Isah Ibrahimo, were charged with criminal conspiracy and kidnapping, offences that are contrary to Sections 97(1) of the Penal Code and Section 3 of the Kogi State Kidnapping, Thuggery and Other Related Offences (Prohibition) Law, 2010. The prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Abaji, said the five accused persons and others now at large committed the offence on February 26. He said the accused, armed with guns and other dangerous weapons, kidnapped Paulina from Okene and that they took her to a farm belonging to Isah Ibrahimo (5th accused person). Abaji said the suspect demanded a N20 million ransom for their victim’s release, but that they were paid N1 million. He opposed the suspects bail application. In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Alhassan Hussain ordered that the five accused persons be remanded at the Federal Prisons, Koton-Karfe and adjourned the case to May 25.