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Four kidnappers of ex-Bayelsa commissioner to spend 40 years each in jail

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By Nathan Nwakamma

Four men identified as Kingsley Obhesi, 24, Joshua Abi 32, Gift Damene, 38 and Powell Inegite, 36 were sentenced to 40 years imprisonment each for the kidnap of former Bayelsa commissioner for Trade and Investment, Mr Federal Otokito.

The men were sentenced after they were convicted of the charges filed against them by Justice S.W. Amaduobogha of Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Ogbia

The Police had arraigned the suspects on counts of conspiracy, kidnap and unlawful possession of firearms.

The Prosecuting Counsel, Stella Jerry-Friday told the court that the convicts on Jan. 20, 2022 at Otuokpoti in Ogbia Local Government of Bayelsa kidnapped Otokito against his will.

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“The captive was taken to Igbomotoru bush in Southern Ijaw area of the state with the intent to demand ransom or any other unlawful consideration and thereby committed an offence,” Jerry-Friday said.

The Judge held that the prosecution had proven the case of conspiracy, kidnapping and unlawful possession of Fire Arms beyond reasonable doubts.

Amaduobogha consequently sentenced each of them to 40 years imprisonment.

The convicts were arrested by operatives of the Operation Puff Adder unit of the police command in Bayelsa led by Supol Chris Nwaogbo.

(NAN)

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