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Lagos traditional ruler, brother bag 15 years imprisonment over fake kidnapping

By Yetunde Ayobami Ojo
28 September 2022   |   4:28 am
Justice Hakeem Oshodi of a Lagos High Court, Ikeja, has sentenced a dethroned (Chief) Baale of Shangisha in Magodo, Lagos State, Mutiu Ogundare to 15 years imprisonment for faking his kidnap.

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Justice Hakeem Oshodi of a Lagos High Court, Ikeja, has sentenced a dethroned (Chief) Baale of Shangisha in Magodo, Lagos State, Mutiu Ogundare to 15 years imprisonment for faking his kidnap.

  
The court found him guilty as charged by the state government for arranging his own kidnap. Ogundare was arraigned alongside his wife, Abolanle and brother, Opeyemi Mohammed on a three-count charge, bordering  on conspiracy and fake kidnapping
   
The trial judge had on June 15 discharged and acquitted the third defendant (Ogundare’s wife)  on the ground that she had no link to the offences.
   
However, while delivering judgment yesterday, Justice Oshodi found Ogundare and Mohammed guilty as charged and sentenced them to 10 years imprisonment for count one, without an option of fine.
 
On count two, they were sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option of N200,000 fine, while they were sentenced to 15 years on count three without an option of fine.
  
Before the sentencing, the first defendant’s counsel, Mr. Olarewaju Ajanaku,  who represented the lead counsel, Dr. Muniz Banire, in his allocutus,  prayed the court to have mercy on the defendant.
  
Ajanaku urged the court to temper justice with mercy, added that the convict had turned a new leaf and did not think through his action when he committed the offences.

On his part, the second defendant’s counsel, Dr. Olayinka Owoeye, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy as the convict had learnt his lessons.
  
But the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Jubril Kareem, urged the court to apply the provisions of law to sentence the convicts.
Sentencing the convict, Justice Oshodi said: “I have considered the allocutus of the defence counsels. However, it is in the view of this court that the defendants showed no remorse during trial.
  
“In fact, the first defendant tried to buy his way out of the court. A lesson has to be taught  to serve as a deterrent to others. The defendants are hereby sentenced to 10 years for count one, without an option of fine.
 
“ One year on count two with an option of N200,000 and 15 years on count three without an option of fine. The sentencing shall run concurrently from the day they were arrested.

“In fact, the first defendant tried to buy his way out of the court. A lesson has to be thought to serve as deterrent to others. The defendants are hereby sentenced to 10 years for count one, without an option of fine.

“ One year on count two with an option of N200,000 and 15 years on count three without an option of fine. The sentencing shall run concurrently from the day they were arrested.”

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