Three suspects, accused of conspiring with others to kidnap and kill a farm owner, Mr Oluwole Agboola in Ibadan, Oyo State, after collecting a ransom of N1.65million, were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court 9, Iyaganku in Ibadan on Tuesday.
Count One read: “That you Dahiru Usman, Muhammadu Ahmadu and Ibrahim Mamuda, with others at large, on December 28, 2020, at about 1:30 p.m., at Adegbade Village, Akinyele area, Ibadan, in Ibadan Magisterial District, did conspire together to commit felony to wit kidnapping, and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 516 of Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol. II Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.”
The magistrate sitting over the case, Mrs M.A. Amoke-Ajimotu, ordered that accused be remanded at Abolongo Correctional Centre in Oyo.
She adjourned the case till May 26, while the court awaits legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
It will be recalled that the kidnap syndicate, armed with AK-47 rifles, had invaded Agboola’s farm at Adegbade Village, via Aba Odo area in Akinyele Local Government Area on December 28, 2020.
After shooting into the air, the kidnappers, who were in military fatigues and face masks, whisked the farm owner away to an unknown destination.
A day after the kidnap, the kidnappers had called Agboola’s family, demanding N50 million as a ransom to secure his release.
N1.65million on December 31 but did not see the return of the farm owner.
His decomposing was eventually discovered not too far from his farm on January 10 this year, after the arrest of the accused persons.