An Abuja magistrate court on Wednesday arraigned three teenagers accused of conspiring with a man to kidnap a 15-year-old boy, Musa Yusuf.
The co-conspirator, simply identified as Soje, is currently at large.
Reading the charges, the court clerk said the offense is contrary to Section 274 of the Penal Code.
He said the accused persons, Ibrahim Wada, Mohammed Umar and Musa Umar, conspired with Mr. Soje to kidnap his (Soje’s) cousin on January 15 and later demanded N19,000 ransom.
According to the charge, the accused were arrested at the point of collecting the ransom at a location in Abuja.
The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charges, claiming that they were only asked by Mr. Soje to collect a debt payment from the victim’s uncle.
The defence counsel, A.A Ohijiefor, pleaded with the court to grant the accused bail, saying they would not jump bail or obstruct the ongoing investigations.
The presiding magistrate, Shaibu Usman, however, denied the bail application, and adjourned the case till March 3.