An Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Okubo Aboye, 57, and his mechanic, Niyi Ibrahim Afolabi, 39, on Monday, bagged life imprisonment for receiving a stolen automobile from kidnap suspects.
An Ekiti State excessive courtroom sitting in Ado Ekiti which gave the judgment, additionally sentenced seven different individuals, Solomon Ayodele Obamoyegun 39, Femi Omiawe 40, Damilola Obamoyegun 20, Bose Sade Ajayi 30, George Fortunate 35, Chukwuma Nnamani 22, and Sunday Ogunleye 45 to five years imprisonment every with out an choice of high-quality for kidnapping.
Of their testimony, the investigating law enforcement officials stated the automobile was tracked to the compound of ACP Akubo Aboye, who on interrogation confessed that he purchased the Hilux van from his mechanic who acquired it from the abductors.
The offence runs opposite to sections 346(2), 1(2)a, and part 5 of the Prison Code Cap C16 Legal guidelines of Ekiti State, 2012 and Theft and firearms particular provisions Act, Cap R11, legal guidelines of the federation of Nigeria, 2004.
In his judgement, Justice John Adeyeye discovered the 2 accused individuals responsible and sentenced them to life imprisonment accordingly.
To show the kidnapping case, the prosecutor, Felix Awoniyi referred to as 7 witnesses whereas reveals tendered embrace statements of the accused individuals and bond to launch van to the proprietor.
Based on the cost, the offence was dedicated on or about ninth -Nineteenth day of Could 2005 at GRA, Ado Ekiti, when the first -Seventh accused, armed with weapons kidnapped one Moses Ajogri 40 and robbed him of his Toyota Hilux van with Reg. No. APP 509 BK.
The 9 accused individuals spoke in their very own defence via their counsels who promised to check the decision and take vital steps.
Delivering the judgment, Justice John Adeyeye stated, “Kidnapping individuals for ransom may be very rampant in not solely the state however in Nigeria as a complete.
“The courtroom shall be failing in its responsibility to guard the members of the society if enough punishment will not be given to the accused individuals.”