By Abiodun Bolujoko
A suspected kidnapper, Jenmo Usman was on Tuesday remanded in prison custody for allegedly demanding N2million ransom from one Sarafadeen Yusuf to avert his kidnap.
The police First Information Report (FIR) revealed that the case was transferred from Monitoring Unit to SARS unit for discreet investigation.
It further revealed that one Sarafadeen Yusuf of Kebe compound Ilota via Idofian wrote a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Command that on 9th June, 2019 that the petitioner received several threatening calls demanding for a ransom of N2million.
According to the FIR, the complainant noted that the defendant threatened that if he failed to pay the random, he would be kidnapped and killed.
Based on the several calls, Yusuf begged the defendant to allow him pay N1million in order to avert his arrest.
According to the FIR, the complainant liased with the police and men of the vigilante group who laid ambush at Iyana Eleja junction via Idofian where the said money was eventually dropped.
On the 13th June, 2019, Usman was said to have picked up a bag containing stones and sticks thinking it was N2million.
FIR added that the defendant was immediately arrested by the police and Vigilante who had laid ambush for him.
Usman’s arrest however led to the discovery that he was a Tipper loader of the complainant.
Investigation further led to the arrest of one Illyasu Mohammed and Maude Umaru both of Idofian town who are his accomplices in the crime.
They were dragged before magistrate I. O Olawoyin for criminal conspiracy, attempt to commit offence, wit kidnapping and criminal intimidation contrary to section 2 and 3 of Kwara State prohibition of kidnapping law 2010 and section 398 of penal code.
The prosecutor, Alhassan Jibrin informed the court that the FIR is backed with a motion experte, an affidavit of 12 Paragraphs dated 2nd July, 2019, evidence of duplicate paper sent to the Ministry of Justice for legal advice in compliance with the Administrative Criminal Justice Law of Kwara State 2018. He therefore prayed the court to remand the defendants to prison custody.
In his ruling, Magistrate Olawoyin remanded the defendants in prison custody while the case was adjourned to 18th July, 2019.