Friends bag 10-yr jail term over kidnap of business man

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By GBENGA OLARINOYE, Osogbo

The long arm of the law yesterday finally caught up with two friends who masterminded the kidnap of an Osogbo based businessman Alhaji Rauf Olaiya and another woman Mrs Victoria Babatunde as an Osun state High court sentenced them to ten years imprisonment.

Olaiya, was kidnapped on March 20, 2011 in Osogbo, while Mrs Babatunde was kidnapped on 6th August, 2011 at Inisha in Odo-Otin Local Government Area of the state.

The convicts, Fawole Abimbola and Peter Tominiyi who were both friends were said to have been involved in the kidnap of the two people and they had since 2011 been standing trial over the case following their arrest and subsequent detention by the Police.

The convicts had upon the kidnap of Olaiya received a ransom of N300million from him, while they received a ransom of $500 from Mrs Babatunde.

Ruling on the case yesterday, Justice Oyejide Falola sentenced the two accused persons to 10 years imprisonment at the Federal Prison, Ilesa.

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