- The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) arraigned some suspected kidnappers on Tuesday, June 20
- The suspects were alleged to have abducted students of Nigerian Turkish International Colleges in Isheri, Ogun state
- They abducted five children and three members of staff of the school on Friday, January 13
The absence of an interpreter at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, June 20 stalled the arraignment of five men accused of abducting some pupils.
The kidnappers allegedly kidnapped pupils and members of staff of Nigeria/Tulip International College, Isheri, Ogun state on Friday, January 13.
When the matter was called, the defendants, Bekewei Agbojule, Egbasimokumo Ayeomi, Godspower Olopele, Toki Okuba and Super-Allen Baye, said that they only understood Pidgin English very well.
The judge, Justice John Tsoho, adjourned the matter until June 21 to enable the court to provide an interpreter, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
“It is regretted that the court could not locate an interpreter to translate proceedings to Pidgin English which the defendants understand.
“Therefore, the court will adjourn the matter until tomorrow to look for a competent and unbiased interpreter,” Tsoho said.
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The federal government is arraigning the defendants on a five-count charge bordering on involvement in the acts of hostage taking, receiving of ransom and acts of terrorism.
The crime carries life sentence under the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act, 2013.
In the five-count charge, the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation alleged that the defendants conspired among themselves and with others at large and demanded N800 million as ransom after abducting and detaining their victims.
They were said to have later reduced the amount to N50 million which they allegedly received before releasing the victims.
The prosecution, led by Mr Aminu Alilu, also alleged in counts four and five of the charge that the defendants along with others at large, on December 16, 2016 in Lagos, seized six other people at gunpoint.
They allegedly demanded a ransom of two million naira from the family members of the victims and received the money before releasing them.
The prosecution alleged that the offence of conspiracy to commit hostage taking was an act of terrorism contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act, 2013. (NAN)
Watch NAIJ.com's Facebook live feed from the court before the start of proceedings below:
Meanwhile, another kidnapper and an accomplice have met their nemesis at the hands of the police.
The suspects were arrested in Imo state and a large amount of weapons were recovered from them.
Their victim was successfully rescued unhurt at Umuokpu forest in Agbajah Nwangele local government area of the state.
Watch NAIJ.com TV vox pop conducted on the streets of Lagos on what the government should do with multi-millionaire kidnapper popularly known as Evans.