POLICE in Lokoja, Kogi State,
have arraigned a 72-year-old man,
Ahmed Adoke, and a mechanic
John Sule, 41, for allegedly
kidnapping Justice Samuel
Obayomi of the state High Court,
Ebogogo, on May 25.
The accused, who were arraigned
yesterday before Lokoja Chief
Magistrate Court 11, were alleged
to have on May 25, along with
others now at large, criminally
conspired and armed themselves
with offensive weapons to commit
the crime.
The police First Information
Report, FIR, said the accused,
wielding AK-47 rifles and locally
made pistols, disguised themselves
and waylaid the judge on Ebogogo
Road, close to the court premises,
and “forcefully stopped His
Lordship’s car.”
The FIR read by the prosecuting
police officer, Inspector C.S.
Ayabatu, said that the hoodlums
instantly shot at the judge’s police
orderly, Cpl Usman Musa, killing
him on the spot.
The accused were then alleged
to have “violently kidnapped”
Justice Obayomi to an unknown
destination and released him after
collecting an undisclosed sum of
money as ransom.
The FIR further emphasised that
the accused were arrested on June
6 by a team of Federal Special
Anti Robbery Squad, FSARS, from
Abuja, and brought to Criminal
Investigation and Intelligence
Department, Lokoja.
Adoke and Sule, all of Okene,
were charged with criminal
conspiracy, culpable homicide and
kidnapping contrary to sections
97(1) and 221 of the Penal Code Law
and Part 1 section 3(a)(i)(ii) of the
state Kidnapping, Thuggery and
Other Related Offences Prohibition
Law 2010.
Adoke’s counsel, Muazu Abbas
Esq. orally applied for bail of
the accused and anchored his
application on section 36(5) of
the constitution, imploring the
court to exercise its discretion in
favour of his client as he pleaded
presumption of innocence of the
However, the prosecuting police
officer, Ayabatu vehemently
opposed the application on the
ground that the offences for which
cognisance was taken were not
ordinarily bailable.
Chief Magistrate Alhassan
Husaini in his ruling said the
offences were grave one, given
the attendant consequences of life
imprisonment without an option
of fine upon conviction in line with
the state law on kidnapping.
“I therefore hasten to refuse
this application in the light of the
rampant and prevalent cases of
kidnapping within the state which
has been on a increasing level and
in monumental proportion.
“In consequence, I hereby order
that the two accused persons be
remanded at the Federal Prisons,
Koton-Karfe,” he said and
adjourned the case to July 28 for
Justice Obayomi, the resident
High Court judge of Ebogogo in
Adavi Local Government, was
kidnapped on Monday, May 25, by
a three-member gang all dressed in
He was released after 34 days in
the kidnappers’ custody, precisely
on Sunday, June 27.

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