Ikorodu school kidnap suspects arraigned, remanded in prison
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Ikorodu school kidnap suspects arraigned, remanded in prison

Mfonobong Akpan

Six of the men accused of abducting three schoolgirls from Macaulay Babington Junior Seminary Ikorodu have been arraigned before the Ebutte Metta Magistrate Court in Lagos.

The prosecution counsel, Mr Godwin Osuji, asked that the kidnap suspects be remanded in prison custody pending legal advice from the Department of Public Prosecution.

The six suspected kidnappers ordered to be remanded in prison custody are: Emmanuel Arigidi, 37: Gift Pius, 30: Omoni Rufus Fred, 32: Owei Omobo Geofrey, 38: Akanji Seun, 38: and James Henry Segun, 29.

The court granted the application before adjourning the case till April 25, 2016. The Court also ordered the Police to duplicate the case file and forward it to the DPP for advice.

The three students allegedly kidnapped by the suspects are: Tofunmi Popo-Olaniyan, 15: Olusa Timilelun, 14 and Deborah Akintayo, 14.

The Police alleged that the suspects took the students away to a creek between Imota and Igbokuta of Ikorodu, on February 29, before they were rescued by the Police on March 6.

They were also alleged to have robbed the Principal of the school, one Venerable Olaoluwa Adeyemi of the sum of 5.6 million Naira.

Aside that, the first suspect, Emmanuel Arigidi, is alleged to be a member of the armed gang that robbed FCMB at Admiralty Way, Lekki, of the sum of 24 million Naira on March 12, 2015.

The offences according to the Osuyi, are contrary to and punishable under sections 409, 269(1), and 295(2) of the Criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

The defence counsel, Ola Ogunbiyi
said that the arraignment was proper and expressed optimism that justice would be done.

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