Police arraign 5 for allegedly killing man, kidnapping sister

Police arraign 5 for allegedly killing man, kidnapping sister

The Benue Police Command on Friday arraigned five men of various addresses in Utonkon in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State before a Makurdi Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly robbing a family, killing one and kidnapping another.

The men were identified as Sunday Onmonya, Peter Otokpa, James Oko, Daniel Odoh and Bartholomew Alo.

Specifically, the men were charged with criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, culpable homicide and kidnapping.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Jonah Uleru, told the court that one Aaron Oche of Ikpomolokpo Village in Ado Local Government Area had reported the matter at the Igumale Police Station on November 11. He said the complainant stated that on that same November 11; some armed men numbering about seven attacked them in their family compound and robbed them of one handset valued at N80,000; one Itel GSM handset valued N8,000; one Tecno handset valued at N8,000 and a cash sum yet to be ascertained.

Further, the complainant stated that the armed men shot and killed one of his brothers, Thompson Oche; while also kidnapping his sister, Rose Oche to an unknown destination.

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Additionally, Oche stated that they had to pay a ransom of N1 million before his sister was released from the custody of the abductors. He said that during police investigation, it was discovered that the defendants were responsible for the crime; adding that they were arrested while two others are still at large.

The prosecutor also said that their offences contravened Sections 97, 222 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue, 2004; as well as 1(1)(2)(a)(b) of the Robbery and Firearms Act, 2004 and  4(2) of the Abduction, Hostage Taking, Kidnapping and Similar Activities Prohibition Law of Benue, 2017.

Meanwhile, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mr. Vincent Kor did not take the plea of the defendants; citing lack of jurisdiction of the court.

Kor ordered that the defendants be remanded at the Correctional Services Centre, Makurdi. Also, he adjourned the matter to January 5, 2022 for further mention.

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