Not less than 6 of the men accused of abducting three schoolgirls at Ikorodu have been arraigned before the Ebutte Metta Magistrate Court in Lagos
The prosecution counsel, Mr Godwin Osuji, asked that the kidnap suspects be remanded in prison custody pending legal advice from the Department of Public Prosecution.
Arguing the remand application, Osuyi, said the application was brought pursuant to section 264(1) and (2), of the administration of Criminal Justice of Lagos State, 2011.
The court granted the application before adjourning the case till April 25, 2016. The Court also ordered the Police to duplicate the case file and forward it to the DPP for advice.
The six men are accused of abducting three schoolgirls from Macaulay Babington Junior Seminary Ikorodu in Lagos State.
The defence counsel, Ola Ogunbiyi said that the arraignment was proper and expressed optimism that justice would be done.
The six suspected kidnappers ordered to be remanded in prison custody are: Emmanuel Arigidi, 37: Gift Pius, 30: Omoni Rufus Fred, 32: Owei Omobo Geofrey, 38: Akanji Seun, 38: and James Henry Segun, 29.
In the charge sheet marked D/13/16, attached to the remand application, the Police alleged that the suspected kidnappers had on February 29, 2016, at about 8p.m, while armed with AK 47, and offensive weapons, invaded Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School, Ikorodu, and unlawfully kidnapped and detained three students of the school.
The three students allegedly kidnapped by the suspects are: Tofunmi Popo-Olaniyan, 15: Olusa Timilelun, 14 and Deborah Akintayo, 14: all girls.
The Police alleged that the suspects took the students away to a creek between Imota and Igbokuta of Ikorodu, on February 29, before they were rescued by the Police on March 6.
They were also alleged to have robbed the Principal of the school, one Venerable Olaoluwa Adeyemi of the sum of 5.6 million Naira.
Aside that, the first suspect, Emmanuel Arigidi, is alleged to be a member of the armed gang that robbed FCMB at Admiralty Way, Lekki, of the sum of 24 million Naira on March 12, 2015.
The offences according to the Osuyi, are contrary to and punishable under sections 409, 269(1), and 295(2) of the Criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011
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