Chief magistrate court sitting in Iyaganku in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Tuesday issued an order that four herdsmen be apprehended for suspected kidnapping
The herdsmen, Ibrahim Ahmadu, 20, Mohammadu Dariya, 28, Shehu Usman, 23, and Abubakar Siddi, 25, were all accused of conspiracy, kidnapping, and demanding ransom from the victims.
Chief Magistrate Olaide Hamzat did not accept their plea, stating that the court does not have jurisdiction over the matter. He ordered that the suspects be held in Abolongo Correctional facility, Oyo, Town.
Hamzat then directed the police to return the case file to the Oyo State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.
The Prosecution Counsel, Inspector Opeyemi Olagunju, told the court that the suspects and others at large kidnapped one Abubakar Shehu at about 1am on the 7th of July 2021 from his Father’s camp for the purpose of collecting ransom.
He said the suspects demanded N30 million ransom from the victim’s father, Shehu Umaru adding that the offence contravened the provisions of section 3 (1) (2) and punishable under section 4 (2), 10 of the Oyo State Kidnapping ( Prohibition ) Law 2016.
The case has since been adjourned to October 25, 2021 for mention.