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STF parades suspected gang of kidnappers’ in Jos



STF parades suspected gang of kidnappers’ in Jos
  • 4 suspected cult members arraigned in Lagos
  • Pharmacist arraigned for N3.8m fraud

The Operation Safe Haven also Known as Special Task Force (STF), in charge of internal security in Jos and its environs has paraded a notorious gang of suspected kidnappers for adopting a five-yearold, Favour Shagun, in Bukuru, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. Also yesterday, four suspected members of Eiye Confraternity were yesterday arraigned before an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, on a two-count charge of conspiracy and belonging to a secret cult. The accused are Ademola Solomon, 23; Nweke Christian, 24; Sunday Ikoh, 24; and Lawal Afolabi, 21.

This is as a 28-year-old pharmacist, Chinonso Odinaka, was yesterday charged before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly obtaining N3.8 million from a businessman under false pretences.

Spokesman and Information Officer of the STF, Major Umar Adams, who paraded the suspects yesterday at the headquarters of the STF in Jos, said troops arrested one Kenneth Nnana, on May 21 with the baby in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Adams said the suspect were intercepted at about 11pm with the baby in a car and when he was interrogated, Kenneth could not say the name of the baby which he had earlier claimed to be his daughter.

He said the suspect was trying to escape from the scene when he was arrested and brought to the STF headquarters in Jos for further investigation. Adams explained that Kennet revealed that he kidnapped the baby with the help of one Mrs. Esther David, a friend of the baby’s mother who collected N30, 000 to hand over the baby to the kidnapper.

He said the suspect would be handed over to the appropriate authority at the end of investigation for proper action. The principal suspect, Kenneth Nnana, told Saturday Telegraph that he was contracted to get a baby for adoption by one Mr. Emaka at the cost of N58,000 and he decided to meet Mrs. Esther David, a mother of four children if she can give out one of her daughter. Kenneth said it was David who took him to Bukuru and show him Favour and convinced the girl to go with the suspect after collecting the Sum of N30, 000. However, the Prosecutor in the case of the four cult members, Police Sgt. Bosede Adegeshin, told the court that the accused with others at large committed the offences on May 22 at Aina Folabi Street, Lowa Estate, Ikorodu about 11.42 p.m.

Adegeshin said: “The accused and their accomplices, who are yet to be arrested, belonged to an unlawful society called ‘Eiye confraternity’. They were caught during their meeting in the area following a tip off.” It was gathered that the accused pleaded not guilty, while the offences contravened Sections 42 (a)and 411 of the Lagos State Criminal Law, 2015.

The Magistrate, Mr E.O. Ogunkanmi, admitted each of the accused to a bail of N100,000 with two sureties. Ogunkanmi said one of the sureties must be blood relations of the accused, while others should be civil servants, whose tax payment to the Lagos State Government should be verified. The case was adjourned until June 28 for mention.

Meanwhile, Odinaka, whose residential address was not given, is standing trial on a two-count charge of fraud and stealing. The prosecution said the accused committed the offences sometime in June 2017 at Ojodu area of Lagos State.

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