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NIGERIA: 3 remanded over kidnap of 9 children in Ebonyi

Court HouseThree persons were, weekend, arraigned before a Magistrate Court in  Abakaliki on a four- count charge relating to the recent of kidnappings of over 9 kids  at Ishiagu in Ivo local government area of Ebonyi State last December 2012.

The accused persons, including Onyedikachi Nwosu, Iboko Amos and Chidiebere Amadi, were arraigned before the magistrate court 1 sitting in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital on a four count charge of conspiracy to commit felony to wit: kidnapping and allegedly kidnapping three of the abducted kids aged between 2 months and five years.

The accused persons in the matter of the Commissioner of Police vs Onyedikachi Nwosu ‘M’ 24, Iboko Amos ‘M’ 18 and Chidiebere Amadi ‘M’ 24 with charge number MAB/50C/2013, were alleged to have committed the offences December 20, 2012, at Ayaragu village, Amagu Ishiagu in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

According to the court, the three accused persons had on the said date, and place in the Ivo magisterial district kidnapped one Marvelous Chukwu, aged 2 months and 11 days old; Akachukwu Nkwor ‘m’,

aged 1year and 7 months; and Chiemere Nkwo, aged 5 years.

”That you Onyedikachi Nwosu ‘m’, Iboko Amos ‘m’ and Chidiebere Amadi ‘m’ and others now at large on the same date, and place in the aforementioned Magisterial district did kidnap one Marvelous Chukwu aged 2 months and 11 days old and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 4(1) (a) and punishable under Section 4(2) of Internal Security Enforcement and other related matters Cap 55 Vol. 2, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria 2009″, read the count two.

”That you Onyedikachi Nwosu ‘m’, Iboko Amos ‘m’ and Chidiebere Amadi ‘m’ and others now at large on the same date, and place in the aforementioned Magisterial district did kidnap one Akachukwu Nkwor ‘m’ aged 1 year and 7 months old and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 4(1) (a) and punishable under Section 4(2) of Internal Security Enforcement and other related matters Cap 55 Vol. 2, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria 2009.” the court said.

After the charges were read to the accused, their lawyers P. O. Nwaebonyi and C. A. Ugandu, made oral applications for their bail which was rejected by the presiding magistrate, Job Orude.

The Magistrate remanded the accused persons in prison custody, saying the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

It will be recalled that the accused persons were December 25 and 25, 2012, alleged to have unleashed mayhem on three villages in Ivo local government area, abducting 9 children within the age bracket of 3 and 5 years old.

Orude, however, directed that the case file be transmitted immediately to the Department of  Public Prosecution, DPP, in the state, even as he reminded the accused persons of their rights to seek bail from the High Court.

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