Lagos set to prosecute alleged kidnappers of traditional ruler

Oba of Lagos

The Lagos State Government, Tuesday, began moves to charge the suspected kidnappers of the Oniba of Iba, Goriola Oseni, to court for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, murder and armed robbery.

The government, in a statement issued by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, said the four suspects – Duba Furejo, Ododomo Isaiah, Reuben Anthony and Yerin Fresh – would be prosecuted in accordance with the relevant laws applicable to the alleged crimes committed.

Mr. Kazeem, who has already issued legal advice for the prosecution of the suspected kidnappers, said the suspects’ charge sheet would be filed expeditiously at the High Court of the State to ensure prompt prosecution of the suspects.

During the kidnap of Mr. Oseni, last month, the palace guard as well as a commercial motorcyclist were killed, while the monarch was whisked away and kept in captivity for about three weeks.

The sustained pressure and intelligence gathering from law enforcement agencies, however, led to the rescue of the monarch, while the four suspects were apprehended in the process.

Mr. Kazeem also said the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode would continue to support law enforcement agencies in the investigation and arrest of criminals, especially those involved in crimes of kidnapping, armed robbery, and murder.

“Governor Ambode is committed to ensure that Lagos State becomes a no-go area for criminals who target innocent citizens for kidnapping and collection of ransom,” Mr. Kazeem said.

“My office will continually give the necessary support to the Police in apprehension, investigation and prosecution of criminals in Lagos State.”

He, however, urged residents to promptly provide information that could lead to the apprehension of criminals, assuring that government would continue to work assiduously to ensure that criminals are brought to justice.

He also said that the State Government is desirous to prosecute to logical conclusion and promptly all criminal cases as well as ensure that suspects are brought to justice swiftly.

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