A businessman identified as Uttah Benjamin and his wife has been remanded in a correctional facility for criminal conspiracy and kidnapping by a Magistrate court sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
Vincent Kor, the presiding magistrate, who ordered the couple’s remand, adjourned the case till October 26, 2020, for mention.
Newsnaija learned the defendants live at the Federal Housing Estate, North Bank, a suburb of Makurdi,.
Hyacinth Gbakor, The police prosecutor, told the court that on August 12, 2020, one Isiana Amarachi of Oji River, Enugu State, reported at the ‘C’ Division Police Station, North Bank, Makurdi, that on August 1, 2020, she was kidnapped from Abuja by someone and taken to a couple, Uttah and Ada Benjamin, in Makurdi.
Gbakor, said Ada told her that she would stay with her until she would be delivered of her baby.
She further stated that Ada told her that if she gave birth to a baby boy or girl, she would be paid N300,000.
According to the police, Amarachi refused and asked to be allowed to go back, but the couple threatened to kill her and take her baby.
The couple was arrested for the crime contrary to Section 97 of the Penal Code Law of Benue State, 2004, and Section 3(2)of the Abduction, Hostage-taking, Kidnapping, Secret Cult, and Similar Activities(Prohibition) Law, 2017.
The suspects’ plea was not taken and their counsel, A. A. Andenira, made an oral application for the bail of his clients, but the trial magistrate turned down the application.
Ada was also arraigned for kidnapping a four-month-old baby at Kadarko, Nasarawa State.
the police stated that one Mbalamen Dogo was in her shop at the Kadarko Market, where she was selling palm oil, and her baby was crying that Ada walked into her shop and asked to help carry her baby and she agreed.
The police prosecutor said when the woman returned to collect her baby after attending to customers, she discovered that the lady had disappeared with the child.
The Magistrate ordered Ada to be remanded in the custody of a correctional facility and adjourned the case till October 26, 2020.