Delta State Polytechnic Student Who Kidnapped A Nurse Jailed For 14 Years
July 2nd, 2014 – Delta State Polytechnic Student Who Kidnapped A Nurse Jailed For 14 Years With Hard Labour
An ND II Mech. Engineering student of Delta State Polytechnic, Ndudi Ogwu has been jailed for 14 years with hard labour by an Asaba High Court, Delta State, for kidnapping a female nurse.
Also sentenced with Ogwu by the court was Chukwudi Ifemeni, a 22-year old businessman on a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping.
The court held that prosecutors from the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had proved its case against the two accused persons beyond reasonable doubt and thus convicted and sentenced them accordingly.
The prosecution had told the court that Ogwu and Ifemeni with two others now at large, kidnapped Mrs. Kate Okogu, by the gate of her house while returning from her shop. The incident happened on 13 September, 2012 at Ughelli within the Ughelli Judicial Division.
The kidnappers numbering about four took their victim to a forest along Isoko-Patani Road where she was held captive until she was rescued unhurt by a team of soldiers the next day.
Ogwu was arrested by a patrol team of the JTF at the scene where the kidnapped victim was held captive as the one detailed to watch over her while the 2nd accused was arrested through the confessional statement of the 1st accused person.
They both admitted in their confessional statements to have committed the offence upon their arrest but later denied the charges during trial.
The convicts are to spend 10 years in prison on count one of kidnapping and 4 years on count two of conspiracy.
Meanwhile, another High Court sitting at Asaba has discharged and acquitted Aghogho Oghenekoko and David Akwele who were arraigned before the court on charges of conspiracy and the kidnapping of the 70-year old mother of the member Representing Ethiope Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Akpodiegaga Emeyese.
The septuagenarian mother of the Federal legislator, Madam Imoniunu Emeyese was kidnapped on 14 November, 2011, at Okerekpo-Eku within the Warri Judicial Division and held for 12 days while her captors were said to have placed a demand of N30 million as a ransom for her release.
While discharging the two accused persons on the ground of insufficient evidence linking them to the crime, the court held that it cannot rely on their confessional statements alone without corroborations.
The discharged persons, one of them a vulcanizer expressed joy over his freedom, saying that he never committed the offence, that it was a set up.
They were immediately reunited with their families after spending close to two years awaiting trial.