Teenager remanded over alleged kidnapping, murder

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A Sagamu Magistrates’ Court in Ogun, on Friday, remanded one 18- year-old  Abdulmaliki Musa, who allegedly kidnapped and killed one Alhaja Barakatu Bello.

The defendant, whose plea was not taken by the court, is facing   a three-count charge of conspiracy, kidnapping and  murder.

The prosecutor, Insp. Adekunle Opayemi,  told the court that the defendant committed the offences on March  4, 2020,  at 10:00 p.m. at  Ajao Street, Aiyepe Road in Sagamu.

Opayemi alleged that the defendant conspired with others at large to kidnap and kill  Bello with a gun.

According to the prosecutor, the defendant after kidnapping the deceased,  requested for a ransom.

He said that while the husband of the deceased was still negotiating for the ransom, Bello’s corpse was found on a roadside.

Opayemi added  that the defendant was caught after the deceased’s phone was tracked.

He submitted that the defendant was using the phone.

Opayemi said that the alleged offences contravened Section 324, 23(2) 24(2) and 319 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006

The Magistrate, Mrs M.O Oshibajo, ordered that the teenager  should be kept at the Sagamu Correctional Centre  pending advice from the state’s director of public prosecution.

She adjourned the case until March 20 for mention. (NAN)

Mar 5, 2021 @ 5;57pm

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