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Benue court remands four businessmen over kidnap

A Makurdi Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered the remand of four businessmen, Sevza Abende, Godswill Luck, Ogar Lifu and Ogili Sule, at the Correctional Services Centre, Makurdi, for allegedly kidnapping Isa Ossai.

The businessmen, who live at different addresses in PortHarcourt, Rivers, are being tried on charges bordering on criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and acts of terrorism.

The magistrate, Vincent Kor, who did not take the plea of the defendants for want of jurisdiction, ordered their remand in a correctional centre and adjourned the matter until October 11 for further mention.

The prosecutor, Inspector Godwin Ato, told the court that the case was received at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Makurdi on July 25, via a letter dated July 25.

Mr Ato alleged that a dreaded armed syndicate invaded the complainant’s residence at No. 80, Orshikur Street, Gboko Local Government Area of Benue, and robbed him of three cell phones and undisclosed amount of money.

He told the court that the armed men allegedly kidnapped the victim, using his Toyota Picnic with registration number MKD 63 FV, as a getaway vehicle to an unknown destination.

Mr Ato alleged that the defendants, who held their victim captive for three days, only released him after collecting a ransom of N2 million.

The prosecutor told the court that the defendants voluntarily confessed to have masterminded and carried out the attack  and kidnap cases along with their accomplices now at large.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene the provisions of Sections 6(b)(1)(2)(a)(b) of the Robbery and Firearms Act, 2004 and 3(2) and 4(2) of the Hostage Taking, Kidnapping, Secret Cult and Similar Activities Prohibition Laws of Benue, 2017.

(NAN)

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