KIDNAPPING: 2 SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR ABDUCTION OF ONDO POLY LECTURER, OTHERS

An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure has sentenced two men to life imprisonment for the abduction of a lecturer of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo.

The convicts, Shehu Usman Seidu and Aliyu Suleiman Umar, were found guilty of kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting.

They were arrested by the joint task force of security operatives over the kidnap of the lecturer in 2019 on the Utelu-Owo Road and the N5mn collected as ransom from the family of the victim was reportedly found on them when they were nabbed at Alayere community in the Akure North Local Government Area of the state.

Two other victims, Alhaji Suleiman Jamiu and his son, were rescued from the den of the kidnappers when the security men invaded the place.

Seidu and Umar were later arraigned on seven counts bordering on kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting.

After the evaluation of the evidence as well as the confessional statements from the convicts about their various criminal activities, the court held that the prosecution counsel had been able to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.

Justice Olusegun Odusola thereafter sentenced them to life imprisonment.

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