On Tuesday, Sikiru Ifashola, a 37-year-old herbalist, showed up in an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly kidnapping a child and requesting a ransom for her freedom.
Ifashola, of No. 16, Sholuyi St., Ifako Gbagada, is standing trial on a charge of kidnapping, which he pleaded not guilty to.
Sgt. Jimah Iseghede, the prosecutor, revealed to the court that the accused has committed the offence on June 12 at about 9.30a.m., at Ogudu GRA.
According to him, the accused kidnapped the complainant, Mopelola Adewunmi’s, daughter, one Bose, and had demanded N50,000 before he would release her.
“Ifashola had pretended to consult his oracle for the search of the missing girl and had demanded that the complainant pay him N50,000 before her daughter could be found,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the offence breached Section 271(3) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
NAN reports that section 271(3) prescribes a jail term of 21 years for anybody who kidnaps and demands a ransom for the release of the victim.
Miss Tolu Idowu, the Magistrate,admitted Ifashola to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two responsible sureties in the same sum.
Idowu stated that the sureties must be employed with a good amount of income, and adjourned the case till August 2, for mention.
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