Three herdsmen alleged to have kidnapped one Gumale Musa and collected N2.5m ransom have been remanded in prison custody by a Lokoja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The accused persons were remanded on the order of Chief Magistrate Levi Animoku who said, “The offences are grievous social vices prevalent in this community.”
The accused persons, Idris Ahmodu, a.k.a Alhaji Dare; Yusuf Ahmodu, a.k.a Vatse, and Musa Ahmodu, a.k.a. Ortti, were charged with criminal conspiracy and kidnapping contrary to various sections of relevant laws.
Animoku said, “The persons alleged are nomadic Fulani. They go about the country seeking greener pasture for their cattle. The propensity to elope justice is high.
“I decline to grant bail to them at this stage. Meanwhile, they shall be remanded at the Federal Prisons, Koton-Karfe.”
He adjourned the case until October 11 for mention.
Earlier, the Prosecuting Police Officer, Gabriel Otowu, had told the court that the matter was reported via a petition to the Inspector-General of Police by the victim’s father, Mallam Musa Abubakar, of Fulani Camp, Ikende in Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State.
He said the accused persons, sometimes in June, criminally conspired, armed themselves with offensive weapons including guns, cutlasses and sticks and invaded Musa Abubakar’s camp.
Otowu said the gang invaded the camp around 3am shooting sporadically and one of the complainant’s brothers, Alhaji Giwa, who ran outside to find out what was happening, was gunned down and he died on the spot.
He said the gang seized the victim, blindfolded him and forcefully took him to an unknown destination and thereafter demanded a ransom of N2.5m for his release.
The prosecutor said Abubakar had to sell a substantial number of his cows to raise the money and meet the kidnappers’ demand before the son was released.