3 men, 2 women face kidnap charge, get N5m bail

He alleged that the accused had conspired to kidnap a woman, Mojisola Adeleke, and demanded N15 million from her family.

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The accused — Aboy Feku, 23; Blessing Mimo, 20; Samuel Yola, 26; Lovers Gregory, 31; and Donald Gregory, 26 — are standing trial at an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court on charges bordering on conspiracy and kidnap.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges.

But the Prosecutor, Insp. Chinalu Uwadione told the court that the accused committed the offences on March 2 at about 4.00p.m. at Ketu-Ejinrin in Lagos.

He alleged that the accused had conspired to kidnap a woman, Mojisola Adeleke, and demanded N15 million from her family for her release.

The offences contravened Sections 271 and 299 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the offence of kidnap carries death penalty following the signing into law the anti-kidnapping bill by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode on Feb. 1, 2017.

The magistrate, however, granted the accused bail in the sum of N1 million each with two sureties each in like sum, one of who must be a landlord in Lagos.

Further hearing has been adjourned until April 26.

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