The case was adjourned to January.
Two people, including a woman, who allegedly kidnapped a 78-year-old woman, Abiodun Ayerin, were arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court in Akure, Ondo State, on Saturday.
The victim is the mother of a former Local Government Chairman in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo.
The suspects were said to have demanded a ransom of N20 million from the family of the woman before setting her free.
Unlike the first accused, Felix Umukoro, who was remanded in prison, for allegedly being the major architect of the kidnap, the female suspect was granted bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties.
The female suspect’s bail was influenced by Mr. Umukoro’s statement that he had never met her contrary to police findings.
The suspects allegedly kidnapped the victim on September 22, along Ilutitun Road, Okitipupa, Ondo State. The offence, the prosecutor said, is contrary to and punishable under section 5(i) of the Ondo State Anti- Abduction Law, 2010.
The police prosecuting officer, Isah Atanegbe, applied for an adjournment of the case to enable him transfer the duplicate case file to the Ministry of Justice for legal advice.
The Magistrate granted the application of the prosecutor and adjourned the case to January 17, 2012.
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