Monday, September 17, 2018

Lagos Court Jails Kidnapper For 42 Years

After six years of trial, an Ikeja High Court on Monday sentenced a kidnapper, Emeka Obasim to 42 years imprisonment for the kidnap of Jude Ugoje and Miss Piriye Ogogo.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo handed down the sentence after finding the convict guilty of three count charge out of the 12-count charges preferred against him by Lagos state government.

Emeka Obasim, 33, was convicted on three-count charges bordering on Kidnapping, Conspiracy and Armed robbery, contrary to sections 231, 221 and 269 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

He was arraigned alongside four other defendants before the court six years ago on a 12-count bordering on Kidnapping, Murder, Conspiracy, Armed robbery, sexually molestation.

The other defendants charged with Obasim are: Kelvin Emenike Ukoh 32, Uche Ubani 28, Chibuzor Osuagwu 29, Onowu Nzozi 37.

In her judgment Justice Taiwo discharged the convict and three others of the charge of murder however found him guilty of the kidnap, conspiracy and armed robbery charges.

According to the judge, the court is of the opinion that the fourth defendant, Emeka Obasim and the 1st defendant who is now at large are part of the kidnap gang.

“I hereby convict the defendant, Emeka Obasim of three count charge of kidnap, Conspiracy and armed robbery.

“For the kidnap charge, he is sentenced to 16 years imprisonment, conspiracy 5-years and Armed Robbery 21 years. The sentences will run concurrently”, she said.

The judge also ordered the counsel to present the 1st defendant, Ukoh, who is currently at large for sentencing whenever he is arrested.

She however discharged and acquainted Kelvin Emenike, Uche Ubani and Onowu Nzozi of the charges.

Justice Taiwo warned the trio that was discharged to desist from the crime; else they find themselves in court again.

“You might not be this lucky the next time, so run away from crime”, she said.