DSS arraigns 8 kidnap suspects in Rivers

EIGHT suspected kidnappers arrested by operatives of the Department of Sta Security were on Friday arraigned at a Rivers State Magistrates’ Court in Port Harcourt amid tight security.

It was gathered that the suspects had been terrorising some parts of the state by abducting some residents, including a consultant with the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital identified as Dr. Alexander Akani.

They were charged with six counts bordering on kidnapping and illegal possession of firearms.

The accused persons were identified as Promise Jim, Elizabeth Chukwu, Destiny Wosu, Kingsley Chukwu, Uchendu Elindam, Godknows Wokem, Obinna Chukwu and Henry Elebiga.

The DSS, in one of the charges, alleged that the defendants “on or about the 28th of June 2017 on Aluu Road, Rumuekini within the jurisdiction of this court, did conspire to commit felony, to wit: kidnap Dr. Alexander Akani, a consultant at the University of Port Harcourt, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 516 Criminal Code laws of Rivers State 1999.”

The prosecution said the defendants were found in unlawful possession of one AK–47 rifle, HP 9756, one pump-action gun, one dane gun containing six rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, 14 live cartridges and two empty cartridges of 32 GAA, contrary to sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2013.

The presiding chief magistrate, F.M. Amanze, said the case file would be referred to the state’s Director of Public Prosecution for possible transfer, but ordered that the suspects should be remanded in the prison custody and adjourned the case till October 30, 2017.

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