Written by Bisi Oladele, Tayo Johnson and Sikiru Akinola

Eight suspects arrested for allegedly kidnapping a business man, Chief Adebowale Omotoso, have been arraigned in court.

They were arraigned in a magistrate’s court in Awe, the town where the kidnapping took place on March 11.Katsinacropped

The suspects, seven men and a woman, were charged with conspiracy, robbery and kidnapping.

When they were initially arraigned on April 22, the suspects were ordered to be remanded in prison till the next adjourned date, which was yesterday.

Magistrate N. A. J. Ogunbona directed the police prosecutor to duplicate the case file in the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

Chief Omotoso, who is the Chairman, Bond Chemicals Ltd, Awe, was kidnapped in his home.

He was later rescued at Ajia Village by a team of policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Oyo Area Command.

His freedom came after hours of a gun duel with the suspected kidnappers, according to the Police Commissioner, Muhammed Katsina.

The legal advice would help determine if the accused have case(s) to answer.

If they do, they may be moved to a court of higher jurisdiction.

At the resumed hearing yesterday, the prosecutor told the court that the case file had been duplicated and forwarded to the DPP, adding that he was awaiting response.

The Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Sergeant Enugwa Anthony, was absent.

He was said to have been involved in an accident and was discharged from the hospital on Saturday.

Consequently, the case was adjourned till June 10.

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