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Kwara Monarch and Two Accomplices Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Kidnapping


Kwara Monarch and Two Accomplices Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Kidnapping

In a significant legal development, Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin handed down life imprisonment sentences to Alhaji Usman Adamu, the Serikin Fulani (Head of the Fulani) in Kwara State, along with his brother and accomplice Gidado Idris. The trio was convicted for conspiring to kidnap and executing the act of kidnapping. The Department of State Security investigated the case, and the prosecution was led by the Director of Public Prosecutions in the Kwara State Ministry of Justice, Mr Ayoola Akande.

The charges stemmed from the kidnapping of Abubakar Ahmad, during which the defendants extorted a ransom of N1 million before releasing him after 20 days in captivity between May and June 2022. Justice Akinpelu, in her judgment, emphasized that the convicts, regardless of their physical presence at the scene, were in agreement to commit the crime. Dismissing the defense’s plea to dismiss the charges, she expressed concern over community leaders compromising the security of their subjects for monetary gain.

Despite pleas during the allocutus, citing family responsibilities, the judge, guided by Section 15 of the Kwara State Anti-Kidnapping Law, mandated life imprisonment without leniency. Furthermore, she directed the payment of N600,000 to the victim, Alhaji Ahmad. This landmark judgment underscores the stringent stance against kidnapping and the commitment to justice in Kwara State.


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