A Delta State High Court sitting at Sapele Judicial Division, Thursday, sentenced five kidnappers who abducted a septuagenarian, Mrs. Queen Ogbor, sometime in 2010 to 50 years imprisonment.
The convicted kidnappers are Fidelis Ochuko (25, driver), Kelvin Opuoma (21, bricklayer), Kelly Jonathan (20, student), Kevwe Itedjere and Joseph Enakpodia (20, commercial motorcycle rider).
Prosecutor from the Delta State Ministry of Justice, T.E. Omenuwoma Esq, had told the Court that the five accused persons, on or about the 14th day of July, 2010, at Abraka, within the Isiokolo Judicial Division, conspired and kidnapped the victim.
According to the Prosecution, the armed gang had ambushed the 70 years old woman, a trader, as she was driving into her premises around 7 pm and whisked away by foot.
The bubble however bust for the kidnappers when on the next day before they could establish contact with their victim’s family for ransom, they were apprehended by security agents who traced them to their hideout through their footsteps, with the kidnapped victim was rescued unhurt.
Each of the convicts who pleaded not guilty to the two count charge proffered against them by the Delta State Attorney-General when they took their plea at the commencement of trial, were however pronounced guilty by the trial judge.
They were sentenced to 5 years each for count one (Conspiracy to commit kidnapping) and another 5 years each for count two (kidnapping) with hard labour.
The kidnappers were convicted under the old anti-kidnapping law which prescribed 10 years imprisonment for offenders.
The sentences are however to run concurrently.