Man bags life im­pris­on­ment for ab­duct­ing Ondo monarch’s wife

The Punch - - METRO - Peter Dada, Akure

AN Ondo State High Court sit­ting in Akure has sen­tenced a man, ekpemu John, to life im­pris­on­ment af­ter find­ing him guilty of kid­nap­ping the wife of the tra­di­tional ruler of Ikoya town in the Ok­i­tipupa Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state, Mrs Grace Faduy­ile.

The con­vict, a mem­ber of a kid­nap­ping gang that ab­ducted the monarch’s wife, was ar­rested by the men of the state po­lice com­mand in 2017.

A mem­ber of the gang was also killed by the po­lice while res­cu­ing the vic­tim.

John was later ar­raigned by the po­lice on two counts of con­spir­acy and kid­nap­ping.

Af­ter lis­ten­ing to both the pros­e­cut­ing and de­fence coun­sel, the trial judge, Jus­tice Ade­mola Ade­goroye, said he ob­served that all the tes­ti­monies of the pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses and John’s state­ment to the po­lice in­dicted the con­vict.

The court held that the pros­e­cu­tion had proved the case of kid­nap­ping against the con­vict be­yond rea­son­able doubt.

The judge sen­tenced the con­vict to life im­pris­on­ment and said he might be given a state par­don if he was found to be of ex­em­plary be­hav­iour while serv­ing his term.

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