Magistrate Kehinde Awosika of an Ekiti state Chief Magistrate Court in Ado Ekiti has ordered the remand of two suspected kidnappers, Ojo Babajide (28) and Olajide Nathaniel (26) at the Nigeria Correctional Centre, Ado Ekiti.
The defendants according to the charge were alleged to have abducted one Etama Emmanuel, a student of Federal University Oye Ekiti, FUOYE on Wednesday 23rd of March, 2022 around 7pm in Oye Ekiti.
Requesting for the remand order, Inspector Olubu Apata said, this would allow the Police to complete their investigation and forward the duplicate case file to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.
Narrating his ordeal to the police, the victim, Etama Emmanuel said he was in front of his barbing shop in Oye Ekiti on Wednesday March 23 around 7:00pm when he suddenly saw two people coming out of a Toyota Corolla car, ashes color and they descended on him before forcing him into the car.
According to the victim, the suspects blind folded him and he later found himself in an hotel in Ado Ekiti where they demanded a ransom of one million naira.
He said further that they ordered him to call his relatives, and friends which he did, adding that he was also kept in a wardrobe, when the money was not sent immediately by his people he earlier called, they pulled off my clothes and started flogging me with horse whip.
Thereafter, I called some people including my girlfriend to rescue me by sending the money, I later raised N101, 000.00 for them and ipaid N4, 300 for the hotel room I was kept, they searched me and collected my phone, watch and money I have with me, he concluded.
In his ruling, Magistrate Awosika ordered the two defendants to be remanded at the Correctional Centre, Ado Ekiti pending the issuance of the legal advice by the DPP.
The case has been adjourned till April 4 for mention.