By Kayode Adeoti
A magistrate court sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Friday, remanded four persons in prison custody for alleged kidnap of one Alhaji Hassan Wahab Taiye at his residence in Chikanda area of the state.
The suspects; Muhammed Umar, Tambaya Abubakar, Muhammed Abubakar and Samo Umar were dragged to court on 3-count charge of criminal conspiracy, attempt to commit culpable homicide and kidnapping, contrary to sections 97, 229, and 273 of Penal Code Law.
The First Information Report (FIR) this medium obtained from the court revealed that the victim was released 10th November, 2017 from the kidnappers’ den after which an undisclosed huge amount was paid as ransom.
According to the FIR report, the suspects armed with AK47 riffles stormed Taiye’s residence while he was in the mosque.
It further stated that two of the suspects were wore army uniform adding that they forced Taiye into their Toyota Corolla saloon car with registration no; MUS 618 CM before driving him away.
A vigilante man who was employed by the victim was reportedly shot on the left arm in an attempt to rescue his principal from the gunmen.
The car allegedly used by the suspects was later abandoned along Yashikira/Kosubosu road area of the state due to hot chase by the security agencies while an army hat, First Bank of Nigeria Plc savings passbook, five expended AK47 riffle ammunition among others were recovered from the car.
Investigation conducted at the Criminal Investigation and Intelligent Department, Ilorin branch led to the arrest of the suspects with others at large, even as it also revealed that they were the kidnappers of Taiye.
The prosecutor, Inspector David Wodi informed the court that offences for which the accused were dragged before the court were not ordinarily bailable.
He further objected bail of the accused and urged the court to remand them in prison custody pending the outcome of investigation.
The Magistrate who declined to take the plea of the accused persons for lack of jurisdiction of his court to hear the matter ceded to the submission of the prosecutor even as he ordered that they should be remanded in Federal Prison Yard, Ilorin.
The court however adjourned the case till 23rd March, 2018 for further mention.