FIVE KIDNAPPERS TO SPEND 50 YEARS IN JAIL WITH HARD LABOUR IN DELTA FOR KIDNAPPING A 70 YEARS OLD TRADER
Mon Sep 26 2016
A Delta State High Court sitting at Sapele Judicial Division has sentenced five kidnappers to a total of 50 years in Prison custody for kidnapping a septuagenarian trader, Mrs. Queen Ogbor.
The court sentenced the five accused persons to 10 years in jail each for the offence of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and the substantive offence of kidnapping having been earlier pronounced guilty by the trial Judge. They were sentenced to 5 years each for count one (Conspiracy to commit kidnapping) and another 5 years each for count two (kidnapping) with hard labour.
The convicted kidnappers are Fidelis Ochuko (25 years old driver), Kelvin Opuoma (21 years old bricklayer), Kelly Jonathan (20 years old student), Kevwe Itedjere and Joseph Enakpodia (a 20 year old Okada rider)
Prosecutor from the Delta State Ministry of Justice, T.E. Omenuwoma Esq had told the Court that the five accused persons, now convicted by the Court, on or about the 14th day of July, 2010 at Abraka, within the Isiokolo Judicial Division conspired and kidnapped their victim. The 70 years old trader was kidnapped having being ambushed by the five armed gang as she was driving into her premises around 7pm and whisked away by foot. The incidence happened during a heavy downpour.
However, luck ran against the kidnappers the next day before they could establish contact with their victim’s family for ransom as they were apprehended by Security Agents at their hideout having been traced through their footsteps while the kidnapped victim was rescued unhurt.
The kidnappers were convicted under the old anti-kidnapping law that prescribed 10 years imprisonment for offenders.