Twelve suspected kidnappers, including a woman, arrested by the police in connection with a kidnappers’ den at Ile Zik Bus Stop in Ikeja, Lagos State, were on Friday remanded at Ikoyi Prisons on the orders of a Lagos Magistrate.
Chief Magistrate, Tajudeen Elias, said the accused are to remain behind bars pending a legal advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions.
The “Ile Zik 12” were brought before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court on a three-count charges of conspiracy, attempted kidnap and possession of arms and ammunition.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports, that the bus stop was named after a four-storey building built by the first president of Nigeria, the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe.
Barely a week before, another kidnappers’ hole was discovered at Ijaiye area on the Oshodi-Sango-Abeokuta Highway.
The accused are: Hakeem Ogundele, 32; Noah Samuel, 25; Ayomide Olatunji, 44; Felix Matthew, 34; America Obodoyibo, 42; Shola Elemo, 32; and Adijat Mudashiru, 32. Also Tunde Akanji, 41; Adeoye Adekeye 38; Patrick Onwubufor, 65; Samuel Iyede, 50; and Bright Amankwa, 36.
Earlier, Sgt. Kehinde Omisakin, the police prosecutor, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Aug. 10 between 10:00am and 4:00pm at Ile-Zik Bus stop near Ajayi farm in Ikeja on the Oshodi sango Abeokuta Expressway.
According to her, the 12 accused had conspired to kidnap some students of a nearby Girls Junior High School, but they luckily escaped.
“Some school uniforms and notebooks of the students were found in possession of the accused. ”
Omisakin said on, live ammunition, nine empty shells of expended ammunition, one kitchen knife and road maps were recovered from them.
The accused pleaded innocence of the offences which contravened sections 22, 330 and 411 of the criminal law of Lagos State, 2015.
NAN also reports that kidnapping and other related offences carry life imprisonment or capital punishment