On Monday, a 36-year-old trader, Abdullahi Nurudeen, was remanded in a correctional centre by a Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ for the alleged kidnap of his neighbour’s son.
The defendant, a resident of Ali Akilu Road in Kaduna, is charged with a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and kidnapping.
The prosecutor, Insp. Chidi Leo, told the court that Farouq Sani of Sabon Gaya in Kaduna reported the matter at Gabasawa police station on February 9.
The prosecutor said that on the same date, at about 4:00 p.m., the complainant came back from work and discovered that his 10-year-old son was missing.
“The complainant subsequently reported the matter to the police, and the defendant was arrested in connection to the matter,” the prosecutor stated. “In the course of interrogation, the defendant confessed to have conspired with Aminu Hassan and Barau Ahmed, now at large, to kidnap the child.”
However, the prosecutor informed the court that the matter was brought only for cognisance, pointing out that the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the case.
Mr Leo, therefore, urged the court to remand the defendant to allow for proper arraignment before a competent court.
The magistrate, Ibrahim Emmanuel, ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the matter until May 30 to enable the police to forward the case file to the director of public prosecution for advice.