By ONOZURE DANIA
Two brothers, Olayinka Jagbojagbo,38,and Kabiru Jagbojagbo, 30, were, on Friday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court, over alleged kidnap and robbery.
The suspects who were docked before Magistrate Abimbola Komolafe, are facing a four- count charge of conspiracy, robbery, kidnap and attempt to escape, preferred against them by the police.
The police prosecutor, inspector Iranus Nnamonu, told the court that the accused and others at large, committed the alleged crime some time in January, 2013, at about 3:20pm, at 26, Jagbojabo Villa Erode, in Epe area of Lagos State.
He said that the accused and others at large received N8,500,000 ransom from ZTM Nigeria Limited, over a kidnapped Chinese national one Mr Kuang Vingjiun, who is a staff of ZTE Nigeria Ltd, at Osborne Road in Ikoyi.
Nnamonu said that the suspects and other members of the gang, shared N200,000 each from the money realised as ransom.
He said that the suspects procure charms for themselves and members of their gang, from one Taiwo Aduloju, to enable them escape being punished by the police.
The prosecutor also alleged that the defendants kidnapped one Ilogbonu Kingsley Ifeanyi, on May 13, 2013, between 6pm and 7pm, at 26, Jagbojagbo Villa Erode, in Epe area of Lagos.
He claimed that they unlawfully detained him, for four days in their house and also in an uncompleted building at Imokun area of Epe, until a ransom of N500,000 was paid for his release.
According to the prosecutor, the offence committed is contrary to and punishable under section 409, 16 (B) (C) (D) and 269 (1) (2) of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.
However when the charge preferred against the defendants, who resides at 26, Jagbojagbo Villa Erode, in Epe area of Lagos, the two brothers, pleaded not guilt to the four-count charges.
Magistrate Komolafe, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N500,000 each, with two responsible sureties each, one of the sureties, who must be a landlord in Lagos state.
Adding that one of the sureties must be a blood relation to the defendants, show payment of tax and address to be verified by the police.
She further adjourned the matter to September 17, 2013, for mention.