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Held for a Ransom 23-yr-old cattle rearer remanded in prison for abduction

The cattle rearer and his gang reportedly took the boy from his parent's residence and demanded a ransom for his release.

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A 23-year-old cattle rearer, Shuaibu Hamidu has been remanded in prison for allegedly abducting a 13-year-old boy, Godswill Henry, who was held for a ransom.

After the accused not guilty plea, the Wuse Chief Magistrate's Court ordered that he remain in prison as more investigations are carried out.

Hamidu, who hails from Gusau, Zamfara State is facing a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and abduction.

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Giving the instruction to hold the accused in jail for the time being,  Magistrate Ubani Chukwuemeka said, “The defendant is to be remanded in Keffi prison to enable the police conclude their investigation as the other culprits are still at large.”

The abduction was carried out when a gang of robbers reportedly invaded the residence of one Maimuna Johnson who lives at Plot 3D Layout Mpape, Abuja.

This was confirmed in a statement by Yakubu Dabo, the prosecutor in the case who said the abductors called the family of the boy from one of the phones stolen.

“When they called her husband, he spoke to their son who was in their custody and the abductors demanded N10 million ransom before they will release the boy."

“It was in the process of collecting the ransom that the defendant was apprehended while the others ran away and the boy was united with his parents", he said.

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