Saturday, 24 October 2015

Police Arraign 2 Suspected kidnappers in Makurdi

The Benue State Police Command has arraigned Timbee Shija, 24, and Sunday Matthew, 17, in a Makurdi Magistrate’s Court for criminal conspiracy and kidnap of a minor.

The Prosecutor, Omaye Ujata, told the court on Friday that the case was transferred from ‘D’ Division Police Station, Makurdi, to the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.

Ujata said the case was transferred through a letter No: AR:3100/BNS/MKE/VOL.5/14

She added that one Michael Henkyaa behind St. Augustine Catholic Church, Demekpe, Makurdi, reported the case at the D Division Police Station.

The prosecutor said the informant’s son, Philip Saaonde, four, was abducted from his house on August 30 by unknown persons.

She explained that the kidnappers later phoned and demanded N2m ransom before they could release their victim.

The prosecutor said the accused persons, who were arrested during the police investigation, confessed committing the crime.

Ujata stated that investigations into the matter were ongoing and applied for adjournment to enable her to conclude it.

She said the offence contravened Sections 97 and 274 of the Penal Code.

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Ibrahim Mohammed, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N100, 000 each with one reasonable surety in the like sum.

Mohammed said the surety must be a civil servant in the Benue State Civil Service from Grade Level 15 and above.

He adjourned the case till November 18 for further mention.

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