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In The Bag Man, 32, charged with car theft, kidnapping

Yusuf appeared before the courts on a two-count charge of hostage taking and theft of a car.

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A 32-year-old man, Muhammad Yusuf, who allegedly stole a car and kidnapped two children, was on Friday charged before a Kano Magistrates’ Court.

Yusuf of Tsakuwa village, Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area of Kano State, is facing a two-count charge of hostage taking and theft of a car.

According to the Prosecutor, Asp. Anthony Edward, the accused committed the offences on Jan. 11.

He said that the accused stole a Honda Accord car, black in colour, with registration number AH945GWL valued at N200,000.

Edward also told the court that the vehicle belongs to one Mu’awiyya Umar of Brigade Quarters, Kano.

“The accused kidnapped Umar’s two children: Zainab Abdullahi, 4, and Aliyu Abdullahi, 2, all of Brigade Quarters, Kano,’’ he said.

He said the accused took the two children to an unknown destination and during the course of investigation the vehicle and children were found with him.

The offences contravened Section 15 of the Terrorism (Prevention Amendment) Act 2013, and Section 287 of the Penal Code.

However, the accused pleaded guilty to the charge.

The presiding Judge, Chief Magistrate Ibrahim Khaleel, ordered the remand of the accused in prison custody, pending the legal advice of the Department of Public Prosecution.

Khaleel adjourned the case to March 7, for mention.

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