2 in Court over Alleged Kidnapping, N3.6m Theft

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Two men, Emmanuel Okenze, 42, and Christopher Oshoba, 38, on Tuesday appeared before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly kidnapping one Olamilekan Ogunbiyi and stealing N3.6 million.
The duo, who were into Visa procurement, appeared on a seven-count charge of conspiracy, unlawful detention, stealing, obtaining under false pretext, and concealing relevant documents and information.
When the charges were read to them, the accused, however, entered a plea of not guilty.
The Prosecutor, Cyril Ejiofor, from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, said that duo committed the offences sometimes in August 2013, at No. 5, Bajulaiye Road, Bariga.
Ejiofor told the court that the duo obtained the sum of N3.6 million from one Otunba Abayomi Oguniyi for the procurement of a Romanian visa for his son, Olamilekan.
He said that while the complainant thought his son was in Romania, the duo unlawfully detained Olamilekan, against his wish.
He said that each time the accused were contacted, the duo concealed and refused to provide relevant information about the whereabouts of Olamilekan.
Ejiofor said that the offences contravened Sections 98, 115, 269, 312 (1) (a) (3), 285, 413, and 409 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.I. Adelaja, granted each of the accused N500,000 bail, with two sureties each in like sum, who must be gainfully employed and resident in Lagos.
The case was adjourned till July 22 for mention.


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