Ibrahim Ahmed, a district head in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, ans his two sons have been arrested and dragged to court.
They were docked in a Magistrates Court over alleged kidnapping of a woman and her son in Shao, Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State.
Ahmad 55, who is the Magaji Alase of Ilorin and his sons, Ibrahim, 18 and Mohammed,15 were brought before a magistrate, Mr Adam Mohammed, on two-count charge of alleged conspiracy to commit kidnapping and kidnapping contrary to sections 2, 1 of the Kwara State (Prohibition) of kidnapping law 2010.
The state police spokesperson, Okasanmi Ajayi, on Monday in a statement said that a combined team of policemen from the tactical unit and local hunters rescued a woman, Mrs Afusat Lawal and her son, Taofeek, kidnapped in Shao and neutralised two kidnappers while sharing money in the bush.
The police first information report indicated that the complainant, one Ayanshola Lawal of Shao, Moro Local Government, said while he was sleeping in his house, some unidentified gunmen kidnapped his wife, Afusat and son, Taofeek and whisked them to an unknown destination.
“The kidnappers earlier collected N230, 000 from him while taking the abductees but later demanded a ransom of N14m using his wife’s mobile. He later paid the sum of N3.2m as ransom before his wife and son were released,” the charge sheet added.
The police further told the court that while attempting to rescue the victims during the exchange of fire, two suspects sustained gun injuries and were taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching hospital where they were confirmed dead.
“While searching the forest, the police, recovered one single barrel gun, nine bottles of drinks, three pairs of rubber shoes, one cap, one jacket, and the sum of N177,500 from the defendants, the Prosecutor, ASP Samuel Mayowa, told the court
The court did not take the plea of the three accused persons as a result of lack of jurisdiction on the matter.
The prosecutor urged the court to remand the defendants at the correctional facility pending the outcome of further investigation by the police and the report of the Directorate of Prosecution.
In his ruling Magistrate Adam Mohammed ordered the remand of the first and second defendants at the federal correctional centre.
He also ruled that the third defendant being a minor should be kept at the borstal facility in Ilorin pending the legal advice from the office of the state’s Attorney General.
He adjourned the matter until October 4, 2022 for further mention.