A Yola High Court presided by Justice Nathan Musa has convicted and jailed three men to 50-year jail term each without option of fine for abducting a nursing mother and her 1-year-old baby at Yolde Pate, a satellite town of Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
The three convicts were arraigned before the court on 14th January, 2021 over alleged criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and house breaking at Yolde Pate in Yola South LGA.
The convicts are; Layi Musa, Buba Siddiki and Shanu Kori.
The trio were all found guilty on three out of the four charges brought against them. They were convicted 20 years each for conspiracy, 1 year each for house breaking and 50 years each for kidnapping all to run concurrently.
While the three convicts admitted committing the crime as charged, the fourth suspect, Buba Mohammed who is currently standing trial as 3rd dependent, pleaded not guilty to the offence.
The convicts were charged to the court on four count charges bordering on conspiracy to commit kidnapping contrary to and punishable under section 249 (1) of the Adamawa State Administration of Criminal Justice Law.
According to particulars of offence, the four convicts and three others now at large had conspired to commit kidnapping, and that they stormed the house of Aliyu Suleiman at Yolde Pate on 6th July, 2021 and kidnapped his wife, Aishatu Aliyu Suleiman with her one year old son.
It added that the kidnappers took the woman and her little child to Chambaji hills where they were kept for 2 days until the sum of N1.1 million ransom was paid to them before releasing them.
The 1st convict, Layi Musa was also found to be in possession of Italian made pistol with 2 rounds of live ammunitions.
While delivering judgement, Justice Nathan Musa, declared that having pleaded guilty to the charges brought against the defendants, the court has convicted them as charged.
Reacting to the judgement, both counsels to the prosecution and the 1st and 2nd convicts, A. M. Iliyasu, Senior State Counsel II and M. M. Umar accepted the judgement.