By Victor Ogunje
An Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti has sentenced an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Akubo Abiye, and his mechanic, Ibrahim Afolabi, to lifetime imprisonment for acquiring stolen automobile.
7 other folks, including a person Solomon Ayodele Obamoyegun, 39 Femi Omiawe, 40 Damilola Obamoyegun 20 Bose Sade Ajayi, 30 George Blessed, 35 Chukwuma Nnamani, 22, and Sunday Ogunleye, 45, had been jailed for five several years each and every without having any possibility of great for kidnapping.
In his judgement, Justice John Adeyeye reported: “I uncovered the two of you guilty of getting stolen vehicle. All evidence pointed to the point that you were mindful that the car or truck was stolen. You are hereby sentenced to daily life imprisonment for the offence.”
In their testimonies, the investigating law enforcement officers said the automobile was tracked to the compound of ACP Abiye, who, on interrogation, confessed that he bought the Hilux van from his mechanic, who obtained it from the kidnappers.
The offence operates contrary to sections 346(2), 1(2)a, and portion 5 of the Prison Code Cap C16 laws of Ekiti State 2012, and robbery and firearms distinctive provisions Act, Cap R11, legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
To prove his situation, the prosecutor, Felix Awoniyi, identified as seven witnesses although show tendered incorporated statements of the accused individuals and bond to launch the van to the operator.
On the circumstance of kidnapping preferred versus the 9 accused individuals, they spoke in their possess defence through their counsel, who promised to analyze the verdict and choose needed action.
“Kidnapping folks for ransom is really rampart in not only the point out, but in Nigeria. The courtroom will be failing in its responsibility to guard the users of the society if ample punishment is not given to the accused people,” he said.
In accordance to the cost sheet, the act was committed on or about May well 9 to 19, 2005, at the GRA in Ado Ekiti, when the first to seventh accused individuals armed with guns to kidnap a single Moses Ajogri, 40, and robbed him of his Toyota Hilux van with registration no: App 509 BK.