A Lokoja Chief Magistrate Court yesterday remanded in prison, one Abdulkareem Dahiru, for his alleged involvement in the kidnap of a five-year-old Jonathan Suleiman, son of a pastor in Okene.
Chief Magistrate Alhassan Husaini of Lokoja Chief Magistrate Court II gave the remand order in his ruling following the arraignment of the accused in Lokoja.
Husaini said the Dahiru had no legal representation and consequently, did not take his plea as he ordered that the accused be remanded at Federal Prisons, Koton-Karfe.
He adjourned the case to February 7, 2017 for further mention.
Meanwhile, the prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Abaji, a Senior Legal Officer with Kogi Ministry of Justice in his application to the court to take cognizance of the case said the accused was part of a four-man gang that committed the offence earlier.
He told the court that the accused had been on the run ever since the kidnap plot was executed adding that other members of the gang, arrested and being presently prosecuted.
Abaji said that the accused was arrested in Okengwe, Okene Local Government Area based on information linking him with a gang of suspected kinappers and robbers.
The prosecuting counsel said that members of the gang; Abdulrahman Muhammed (a.k.a Abuh Hanifa), Ibrahim Abdulmumin and Jatto Aliyu Ahmed were standing trial before the court and in prison custody.
Abaji said there were on remand proceeding in case No. CMCL/CR70/16l for the alleged kidnap of Pastor Joseph Suleiman’s five year old son, Jonathan, on Okene-Lokoja road, opposite Federal College of Education, Okene.
Further investigation, according to him, revealed that the accused (Dahiru) and members of the gang belonged to a dreadful group that indulged in armed robbery in Okene.
Abaji therefore, prayed the court to take cognizance of the offences of criminal conspiracy and kidnapping contrary to section 97(1) of The Penal Code and section 4 of the Kogi State Kidnapping and Other Related Offences (Prohibition) Law, 2015.