By Festus Ahon
ASABA—DELTA State High Court sitting in Asaba, has sentenced a criminal gang leader, one Chief Daniel Okafor, alias Odogwu Anam, to 11 years imprisonment with hard labour for allegedly attempting to kidnap an Asaba-based industrialist, Chief John Ucheche on January 16, 2013.
Chief Daniel Okafor had claimed to be the Chairman of a non-existent National Task Force on Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Light Weapons and Monitoring of Oil Pipeline Vandalism, River Niger Operations.
He was found guilty on the charge of conspiracy to commit a felony to wit: “kidnapping, punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code Law Cap C21 Volume I, Laws of Delta State, 2006.”
While sentencing the accused to five years imprisonment on the count of conspiracy to kidnap, the court also sentenced him to six years imprisonment on the count of the attempted kidnap of the Asaba-based industrialist.
The court, however, discharged and acquitted the accused on the charge of attempted murder.
It would be recalled that Odogwu Anam was arrested following the confessional statement of one of the assailants, Ifeanyi Iwuno, who later escaped from police custody, for the attempted kidnap of Chief John Ucheche on or about January 16, 2013 at Asaba, within the Asaba Judicial Division.
Iwuno, now at large, during interrogation, admitted being part of the armed gang that attempted to kidnap Ucheche, and fingered Chief Okafor as the one who sent them on the mission.