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Four Remanded For Kidnapping, Killing Of APC Chieftain In Osun

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Four Remanded For Kidnapping, Killing Of APC Chieftain In Osun

By Grace Isaac, Osogbo

A magistrate Court Sitting in Osogbo, the Capital State of Osun has ordered the remand of four suspected Kidnappers in police custody for allegedly kidnapping and Killingly one Kazeem Alli, a Chieftain of All Progressivve Congress APC in Osun.

The four suspects were arraigned before Magistrate A.K Ajala on the allegations bordering on kidnapping and Killingly of the deceased.

Briefing the court, Police Prosecutor, Inspector Elisha Olusegun told the court that suspects committed the offence on August 20, 2022 at OKe- Afa, Apomu, in Osun.

The hoodlums allegedly killed the politician on the pretext that his family failed to produce the N15 million ransom that they demanded.

Alli, who was also the chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Apomu branch, Isokan Local Government Council Area of the state, was whisked away by some suspected hoodlums at the Apomu motor park in August this year.

The Police in the state said that it arrested eight suspects in connection with Alli’s kidnap.

It was gathered that Alli, popularly known as Kekere Pasuma, was hacked with a machete and whisked away to an unknown destination by his assailants around 9:50pm on the fateful day.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the Command, Yemisi Opalola, said that the man was taken away at the main motor park in Apomu in a Toyota Corolla marked APM 203 AA.

She said that “It was further gathered that the assailants came in a black Toyota Corolla car. While a tactical team, local hunters and natives have been mobilised to comb the surrounding bush to rescue the victim, eight suspects have been arrested in connection to the case.”

Few days after Alli’s disappearance, a family source said that his abductors demanded the sum of N15 million for his release.

It was learnt that Jemila, one of the abducted person’s wives, alleged that she was called sometimes by the abductors after which their telephone was no longer reachable.

The abductors, namely Fatai Owolabi, 60; Akinola Isiaka, 59; Semiu Agbeyangi, 59; and Arimiyau Abiola, 39; were charged to court over allegations of kidnapping and murder.

The charge against them read that the defendants and others now at large, on August 20, 2022 at about 8:45am, at Oke-Afa, Apomu, Osun State, did unlawfully kidnap and kill one Kazeem Alli.

“You did unlawfully kidnap one Kazeem Alli to (an) unknown destination in a manner as to prevent any person entitled to have access to him from discovering the place where he was imprisoned,” the charge read.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Elisha Olusegun, said that the accused persons committed offences contrary to and punishable under sections 324, 319 (1), 516 and 364 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

Their plea was not taken. Their lawyer, J. Akano, urged the court to transfer the accused persons to Apomu court, the jurisdiction within which the offence was said to have been committed.

Magistrate A. K. Ajala said that the case would be transferred to a court in Apomu. He then ordered that the defendants should be remanded at the police custody pending the period of their arraignment.

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