A Lokoja Chief Magistrate Court has remanded a 33-year-old Fulani herdsman, Umaru Abubakar in prison custody for allegedly kidnapping one Seriki Samaila and demanding N3 million ransom.
The Chief Magistrate, Alhassan Husaini gave the order yesterday in Lokoja on arraignment of the accused.
The Prosecuting Police Officer, Cpl Akinboye Kunle said the victim, Samaila, reported the matter at the Kabba Divisional Police Headquarters upon his release after two days in the kidnappers’ den.
While reading the Police First Information Report, FIR, kunle said that the accused in the company of three others about 3. am on May 27, invaded Samaila’s camp at Oke-Offin, Bunu in Kabba local government and abducted him.
The prosecuting officer added that the four men, one of whom was later identified as Umaru Abubakar, criminally conspired and armed themselves with offensive weapons, including guns and cutlasses, “invaded the camp violently and forcefully abducted Samaila at gun point.”
Explaining further, he said the victim was later taken to an unknown destination in the bush where they tied his hands and feet and demanded for a ransom of N3 million for his release.
He said shortly after, one of the relatives of the victim, Salihu Umar was contacted to pay the N3 million for the release of his brother but he pleaded with them and paid N500, 000 to the kidnappers.
Kunle said investigation led to the arrest of Umar upon identification by the victim and a cutlass and a wooden carved gun were recovered, adding that the other three members were still at large.
Kunle submitted further that investigation into the matter was in progress, as he applied for another date for mention of the case.
In his ruling, the presiding judge, Husaini said he was inclined to transfer the case to its place of origin for the convenience of the parties pursuant to Section 147 of the Criminal Procedure Code, CPC.
Accordingly, the presiding judge transferred the case to Chief Magistrate Court, Kabba, adjourning the case to July 22, for further hearing in Kabba margistrate court..

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