Court remands 4 businessmen for alleged kidnapping

Court remands 4 businessmen for alleged kidnapping

By Onyeje Abutu-Joel, Makurdi.


A Makurdi Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered the remand of four Makurdi-based businessmen, Teryima Achoho, Solomon Iorver, Aondohemba Alu and Samuel Achoho, at the correctional centre, Makurdi, for allegedly kidnapping one Mrs Magdalene Anor.


The businessmen, who all live in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue, were charged with criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and acts of terrorism.


However, the Chief Magistrate, Mr Vincent Kor, did not take the plea of the defendants for lack of jurisdiction.


Kor adjourned the matter until Oct. 27 for further mention.


Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Insp. Godwin Ato, told the court that the case was reported by the husband of the victim, Alhaji Songo Anor, at the Operation Zenda Joint Task Force, Makurdi on Nov. 12, 2021.


Ato said that the victim’s husband reported that on Nov. 7, 2021, some gunmen, numbering about four, invaded his residence at Nyon Layout, Makurdi, robbed his wife of an undisclosed amount of money and abducted her to an unknown destination.


He said that the complainant stated that the assailants held his wife hostage for nine days and collected a ransom of N3 million before releasing her.


Ato told the court that the suspects were arrested following police investigations and they had confessed to committing the crime.


The prosecutor said that their offence contravened the provisions of the Robbery and Firearms Act, 2004 and the Hostage Taking, Kidnapping, Secret Cult and Similar Activities Prohibition Laws of Benue, 2017.

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