A Magistrate Court in Delta state has sentenced a kidnap suspect, Chijoke Okeke to nine years imprisonment for kidnapping a seven year old boy and demanding N7million as ransom.
The suspect was found guilty on a three-count charge of conspiracy to commit a felony to kidnap and demanding with menace a ransom for the release of the seven year old Tobechukwu Emmanuel Anyamene.
The young boy was kidnapped on the 18th of December 2011, at St John’s Anglican Church, Ogidi and brought to Power line, Oko, close to the Niger bridge head where he was kept.
He was later rescued by officers of the Delta State Police Command in collaboration with the local vigilante group who arrested the abductors.
Speaking on the sentence, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice in the State, Honourable Charles Ajuyah described it as a demonstration of the government’s effort to tackle the menace of kidnapping and other crimes in the state and also achieving justice for the victims as the perpetrators will not go unpunished.