An Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Okubo Aboye, 57, and his mechanic, Niyi Ibrahim Afolabi, 39, on Monday, bagged life imprisonment for receiving a stolen automobile from kidnap suspects.
An Ekiti State excessive court docket sitting in Ado Ekiti which gave the judgment, additionally sentenced seven different individuals, 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 five years imprisonment every with out an possibility of fantastic for kidnapping.
Of their testimony, the investigating cops mentioned the automotive was tracked to the compound of ACP Akubo Aboye, who on interrogation confessed that he purchased the Hilux van from his mechanic who obtained it from the abductors.
The offence runs opposite to sections 346(2), 1(2)a, and part 5 of the Felony Code Cap C16 Legal guidelines of Ekiti State, 2012 and Theft and firearms particular provisions Act, Cap R11, legal guidelines of the federation of Nigeria, 2004.
In his judgement, Justice John Adeyeye discovered the 2 accused individuals responsible and sentenced them to life imprisonment accordingly.
To show the kidnapping case, the prosecutor, Felix Awoniyi referred to as 7 witnesses whereas displays tendered embrace statements of the accused individuals and bond to launch van to the proprietor.
Based on the cost, the offence was dedicated on or about ninth -Nineteenth day of Might 2005 at GRA, Ado Ekiti, when the first -Seventh accused, armed with weapons kidnapped one Moses Ajogri 40 and robbed him of his Toyota Hilux van with Reg. No. APP 509 BK.
The 9 accused individuals spoke in their very own defence via their counsels who promised to check the decision and take crucial steps.
Delivering the judgment, Justice John Adeyeye mentioned, “Kidnapping individuals for ransom could be very rampant in not solely the state however in Nigeria as an entire.
“The court docket will likely be failing in its responsibility to guard the members of the society if enough punishment just isn’t given to the accused individuals.”