By Bartholomew Madukwe & Michael Nwopoke
A 32-year-old herbalist, Okula Bamiwola and one commercial motorcyclist (popularly called Okada rider), Whenayon Kikisuhu, 28, have been arraigned before an Ebute-Metta Chief Magistrate Court, Lagos, on a four-count charge of kidnapping, stealing, and conspiracy.
The accused persons charged by men of State Criminal Investigations Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos, were said to be residents of Tande area of Ajara, Badagry, Lagos, and Idojori, Ago-Shasha, in Ipokia Local Government Area, Ogun State. Crime Alert gathered that the alleged offense was committed on July 16, 2013, at about 2pm in Badagry, when one Timothy Wuse, 27, was contacted by the accused persons for hiring of his motorcycle. The story took a different dimension when Wuse’s whereabouts could not be ascertained after the deal.
According to the prosecutor, Inspector Clement Okuoimose, the accused persons are also facing charges relating to witchcraft and juju, adding “when Wuse and his motorcycle could not be seen or traced, leading to the notion that the two accused persons might have kidnapped him, the case was reported to the police at Badagry division, before it was transferred to SCID for investigation.”
The prosecutor said the alleged offenses committed by the two accused persons contravened Sections 130, 269, 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2011. However, when the plea of the accused persons was taken, they pleaded not guilty to all the offenses. The presiding magistrate, Mr. O. O. Olatunji, subsequently granted them bail in the sum of N100, 000, with two sureties in the same like sum.
The matter was adjourned till September 25, for mention.