From Priscilla Ediare, Ado-Ekiti
An Ekiti Condition higher courtroom sitting in Ado-Ekiti on Monday jailed a 57-year-old, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Okubo Aboye, and his mechanic Niyi Ibrahim Afolabi, aged 39.
The two convicts were being sentenced to everyday living imprisonment for obtaining a stolen automobile from kidnap suspects.
The court docket also sentenced 7 other people, Solomon Ayodele Obamoyegun, 39, Femi Omiawe, 40, Damilola Obamoyegun, 20, Bose Sade Ajayi, 30, George Fortunate, 35, Chukwuma Nnamani, 22, and Sunday Ogunleye, 45 to 5 years imprisonment each and every with no an alternative of high-quality for kidnapping.
The investigating police officers reported the stolen car was tracked to the compound of ACP Aboye who, on interrogation, confessed that he acquired the Hilux van from his mechanic who obtained it from the kidnappers.
The offence contravenes sections 346(2), 1(2)a, and segment 5 of the Legal Code Cap C16 Guidelines of Ekiti Point out, 2012 and Theft and firearms specific provisions Act, Cap R11, laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004.
In his judgement, Justice John Adeyeye observed the two accused individuals guilty and sentenced them to lifetime imprisonment appropriately.
To establish the kidnapping scenario, the prosecutor, Felix Awoniyi referred to as 7 witnesses when show tendered consist of statements of the accused people and bond to launch van to the operator.
The charge indicated that the offence was dedicated involving 9th and 19th of May perhaps 2005 at GRA, Ado-Ekiti, when the 1st to 7th accused, armed with guns to kidnap one particular Moses Ajogri, 40, and robbed him of his Toyota Hilux van with Reg No Application 509 BK.
The 9 accused folks spoke in their very own defence by means of their counsels who promised to review the verdict and consider the needed action.
Offering the judgment, Justice Adeyeye stated: ‘Kidnapping men and women for ransom is extremely rampant in not only the condition but in Nigeria as a full.
‘The court docket will be failing in its obligation to secure the users of the culture if enough punishment is not provided to the accused people.’