By Godwin Akanfe
A High Court sitting in Iwo, Osun State, has sentenced five kidnappers to 10 years’ imprisonment each for their role in the abduction of the wife of the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Mrs. Muibatu Salaam.
He said that the court was able to establish the act of conspiracy and plot to kidnap the speaker’s wife, through the confessional statements made by the convicts.
Adeigbe said it was also established that after plotting the kidnap, the convict abducted their victim in Ejigbo and detained her unlawfully in a forest in Ogun.
He said the convicts also had firearms in their possession, which they intended to use in detaining their victim unlawfully.
Adeigbe added that the convicts later demanded ransom from the victim’s husband.
He said the evidence provided by the prosecution during trial showed clearly that the convicts actually carried out the crime.
Adeigbe, therefore, sentenced them to seven years in prison for conspiracy under Section 516 of the Robbery and Firearms Act of Nigeria, 10 years for kidnapping under Section 364 (2) of the Act and 10 years for unlawful possession of firearms under Section 3(1).
He said the sentences would run concurrently, meaning that each of the convict would serve only 10 years in prison.
He said there were some grey areas that were not treated during the trial.