•Auto mechanic arrested in Abia
An Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun has remanded three men; Isaac Uche, 49, Sunday Aneato, 26, and Opeyemi Sodeinde,18, in prison custody for allegedly kidnapping one Olalekan Olajide.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Abimbola, ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody pending the receipt of legal advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPPs).
The accused persons, whose addresses were not disclosed in the court, are facing a three-count charge of kidnapping, murder and conspiracy.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Corporal Abdulkareem Mustapha, told the court that the accused persons and others still at large, committed the offences on June 11 at about 7.30 a.m., at No.10, Basiriju St., Babio Bus-Stop, in Ota.
Mustapha said that the accused persons and their accomplices conspired among themselves to kidnap an 8-year -old Olalekan Olajide, and in the process, killed him.
Abimbola, however, adjourned the case till September 4 for mention.
In a related development, the Police Command in Abia State has arrested on Ifeanyi Nwunni, an auto mechanic in Umuahia, for allegedly kidnapping a taxi-cab driver at gunpoint.
The command’s spokes-man, DSP Ezekiel Onyeke, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia that Nwunni was arrested following a tipoff from a good Nigerian.
He said the suspect was carrying his victim, one Ifeanyi John, in the booth of his car before he was arrested last Wednesday at Onuimo, the boundary between Abia and Imo.
Onyeke said the suspect, who hails from Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State, was arrested along with another man, who is now at large.
He said the second suspect, who was driving the vehicle when they were flagged down by the police, escaped into the nearby bush.
He said the arrest was made during a stop-and-search operation by a police patrol team, adding that the police were still on the trail of the second suspect.
Onyeke said, ‘’the Divisional Police Station at Ubakala received a tipoff that unknown persons had abducted a taxi-cab operator in the area.’’
‘’The suspects were said to have pursued their victim along Ubakala Road, forcing him to divert into a lonely path road, where they caught up with him.
‘’They forced him out of his car, bound him hands and feet and bundled him into the booth of their vehicle and sped off.’’
In an interview with NAN, the suspect denied kidnapping the victim.
He said the victim was always coming to steal some valuables, including tyres belonging to his customers from his workshop.
He said that having caught him, he decided to take him to the police station at Obowo, where he (suspect) resided.
The police spokesman urged the public to take security as ‘’everybody’s business’’ and to assist the police with useful information that could help them in crime prevention.