By NWOGHA NDUBUISI ANDY, Abakaliki
Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Abakaliki, on Wednesday 6 November, 2019 remanded in custody, a 25-year-old man, one Anthony Chinedu and eight other persons for their alleged involvement in kidnapping, in the state.
It was gathered that the accused persons and others now at large committed the offences on Monday, October 28, 2019, at Ukwuagba-Ngbo community in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state.
The suspects and their accomplices were alleged to have kidnapped a 65-year-old man, one Ogbonna Irem Elechi, and allegedly collected from him, the sum of N30,000, as a ramson.
They were arraigned in court, on Wednesday, on two counts bothering on kidnapping and conspiracy.
The Police Prosecutor, Barr Eze Ndubuaku, told the court that the offense was punishable under sections 516A (a) and 4 (1) (a) Criminal Code, Cap. 33 Vol. 1; Cap. 55 Vol. 2, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
The charge read, “That you Anthony Chinedu ‘m’, Egba Abraham ‘m’, Ominyi Micheal “m’, Ede Egba ‘m’, Eze Daniel ‘m’, Oroke Stephen ‘m’, Ali Chukwuemeka ‘m’, Ndubuisi Igboke ‘m’, Ogwudu Joshua ‘m’ and others now at large on the 28th day of October, 2019, at Ukwuagba Ngbo, in the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit, kidnapping and thereby committed an offense punishable under section 516A (a) of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1 Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
“That you Anthony Chinedu ‘m’, Egba Abraham ‘m’, Ominyi Micheal ‘m’, Ede Egba ‘m’, Eze Daniel ‘m’, Oroke Stephen ‘m’, Ali Chukwuemeka ‘m’, Ndubuisi Igboke, Ogwudu Joshua ‘m’ and others now at large on the same date and place in the aforementioned Magisterial District did unlawfully kidnap one Ogbonna Irem Elechi ‘m’ and collected the sum of thirty thousand naira (N30,000) as ransom and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 4(1)(a) and punishable under section 4 (2) of Ebonyi State Internal Security Enforcement and other related matters Laws Cap. 55, Vol. 2, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”
The Magistrate, Nnenna Onuoha, directed that the accused persons be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki and their case file should be transferred to the Director of Public Prosecutions in the state, for necessary advice.
The matter was adjourned till November 21, for report of compliance.