The police in Kogi state have arraigned a 72-year-old man, Ahmed Adoke and John Sule, 41, mechanic, for allegedly kidnapping Justice Samuel Obayomi of the state High Court, Ebogogo on May 25.
The accused, who were arraigned before Lokoja Chief Magistrate Court II on Wednesday, were alleged to have on May 25, along with others now at large, criminally conspired and armed themselves with offensive weapons to commit the crime.
According to the Police First Information Report (FIR), the accused, wielding AK-47 rifles and locally made pistols, disguised themselves and waylaid the judge on Ebogogo road, close to the court premises and “forcefully stopped His Lordship’s car.”
The FIR read by the Prosecuting Police Officer, Inspector C.S. Ayabatu, said that the hoodlums instantly shot at the judge’s police orderly, Cpl Usman Musa, who died on the spot.
They were then alleged to have “violently kidnapped” Justice Obayomi to an unknown destination only to release him after collecting an undisclosed sum of money as ransom.