By Rotimi Ojomoyela
A 57-yr-aged Assistant Commissioner of Police, Okubo Aboye, and his mechanic, Niyi Afolabi, 39, were being yesterday sentenced to everyday living imprisonment by an Ado-Ekiti High for obtaining a stolen vehicle from kidnappers.
The court docket also sentenced 7 other persons— 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 5 yrs imprisonment each with out an selection of good for kidnapping.
The investigating law enforcement officers informed the court that the stolen car was tracked to the compound of ACP Akubo Aboye, who on interrogation confessed that he acquired the Hilux van from his mechanic, who acquired it from the kidnappers.
Their offence, according to the demand sheet, operates contrary to sections 346(2), 1(2)a, and segment 5 of the Criminal Code Cap C16 Legal guidelines of Ekiti Point out, 2012 and Robbery and firearms special provisions Act, Cap R11, regulations of the federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The Presiding Judge, Justice John Adeyeye, uncovered the two accused individuals responsible and sentenced them to everyday living imprisonment appropriately.
To demonstrate the kidnapping case, the prosecutor, Felix Awoniyi, named 7 witnesses when show tendered provided statements of the accused individuals and bond to release van to the operator.
According to the demand, the offence was fully commited on or about May perhaps 9 -19, 2005 at GRA, Ado Ekiti, when the 1st -7th accused armed with guns kidnapped one particular Moses Ajogri, 40, and robbed him of his Toyota Hilux van with range plate: App 509 BK.
The 9 accused persons spoke in their defence by means of their counsel, who promised to analyze the verdict and take the vital move.
Delivering the judgment, Justice John Adeyeye reported, “ Kidnapping people for ransom is quite rampant in not only the state but in Nigeria as a total.
“ The courtroom will be failing in its obligation to guard the associates of the modern society if ample punishment is not presented to the accused persons.”