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An Ogun State Magistrate court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta on Tuesday ordered that two men who are charged for kidnapping Chinese and South Africa citizens be remanded in prison custody.
The defendants are Usman Abubakar,27, and Umar Ahmed 35.
The duo were charged with a four-count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and attempted murder before Magistrate Olakulehin Oke.
The Prosecutor Insp. Olu-Balogun Lawerence told the court that the defendants committed the offence on January 8th and February 20th at about 3:30 pm at OGTV road Abeokuta.
Lawerence said the defendants conspired to kidnapped a South Africa Indigene, Mr Jacob Bothma and also cart away his Toyota 4runner jeep with reg No EKY 76 EA.
He added that the duo also kidnapped a Chinese indigene, Yeshouyong Yeshoutong while on the highway.
The Prosecutor further said the defendants collected the sum of N23m ransom from families of the two victims.
“They collected the sum of N15m ransom from the South African citizen, Mr Jacob Bothma and also collected the sum of N8m naira ransom from Chinese citizen, Mr Yeshouyong Yeshoutong.
“The defendants were armed with offensive weapons such as AK 47 rifles and pump action gun”.
According to the Prosecutor, the offence committed is contrary to and punishable under sections 1(2)(a),6(b),320 of the robbery and firearms Act Cap R 11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and section 23(1), 24(2)Prohibition Law of Ogun State 2016.
Meanwhile, the defendants’ plea were not taken as the Magistrate ordered that defendants be remanded in prison custody pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
The case was adjourned till June 28th for mention.