A Wuse Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered that Shuaibu Hamidu, a 23-year-old cattle rearer, be remanded in prison for alleged abduction.
The defendant from Gusau, Zamfara State, is standing trial on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and abduction.
The Magistrate, Ubani Chukwuemeka, ordered that Hamidu be remanded in prison after he pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.
“The defendant is to be remanded in Keffi prison to enable the police conclude their investigation as the other culprits are still at large,” he said, and adjourned the matter till October 31 for hearing.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Yakubu Dabo, told the court that Maimuna Johnson of Plot 3D Layout Mpape, Abuja, reported the matter at Mpape Police Station on October 4.
The prosecutor said that sometimes in May 2016, at about 9 p.m., armed robbers invaded the complainant’s house, stole some of her phones and inflicted injuries on her.
He added that when they were about leaving, they abducted Maimuna’s 13-year-old son called Godswill Henry
Mr. Dabo said that the following day, the robbers called Maimuna’s husband through one of the phones they stole.
“When they called her husband, he spoke to their son who was in their custody and the abductors demanded N10 million ransom before they will release the boy.
“It was in the process of collecting the ransom that the defendant was apprehended while the others ran away and the boy was united with his parents,” Mr. Dabo said.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened sections 97 and 272 of the penal code.