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Edemobi’s kidnap:Witness disowns statement

By Tony Edike

ENUGU—ALI Mohammed, principal witness in the kidnap of Dr. Francis Edemobi, younger brother to former Minister of Information and Communications, Dr. Dora Akunyili, who is now being tried by an Enugu High Court,  yesterday disowned the statement which he allegedly made to the police, upon which an Enugu-based oil magnate, Chief Ignatius Nnubia and some of his staff are being detained since January, last year.

Mohammed, who was brought to court by heavily-armed policemen from the Government House Enugu, where he has been kept since mid-last year for treatment of the gunshot wound he sustained on his left leg during the rescue of Edemobi from his captors, came face to face with his former boss, Chief Nnubia for the second time yesterday, as he was cross-examined by Nnubia’s counsel, Chief Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, on his earlier statement to the police and testimony before the court. The matter is before Justice Romanus Odugu.

Speaking through an interpreter, Mohammed, who claimed that he understands only Hausa and a little English, said that he was neither involved in the kidnap of the medical doctor nor had knowledge of the conspiracy to abduct him.

He added that the police extracted alot of information from him on the matter, which was written and given to him to thumbprint without understanding the content.


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