The Police has arraigned three Fulani suspects accused of kidnapping and killing Oyo farm owner, Oluwole Agboola in December 2020.
The victim was killed by suspects after collecting a ransom of N1.65million.
The accused, Dahiru Usman (34) Muhammadu Ahmadu (32) and Ibrahim Mamuda (20) connived with others and abducted the University of Ibadan graduate on his piggery/fish farm located at Adegbade village via Aba-odo in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo on Monday, December 28.
His remains were recovered from the bush on Monday, January 11, ten days after ransom was paid by the family.
In a three-count charge signed by the Commander of Monitoring Unit, Oyo State Police Command, CSP Olusola Aremu, with number MI/173C/2021, tagged ‘Commissioner of Police versus Dahiru Usman, Muhammadu Ahmadu and Ibrahim Mamuda,’ they were accused of conspiracy, kidnapping and murder. count One read:
“That you Dahiru Usman, Muhammadu Ahmadu and Ibrahim Mamuda, with others at large, on December 28, 2020, at about 1:30 p.m., at Adegbade Village, Akinyele area, Ibadan, in Ibadan Magisterial District, did conspire together to commit felony to wit kidnapping, and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 516 of Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol. II Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.”
Count Two also read that the accused persons, with others at large, “on the same date, time and place in the above magisterial district, while armed with AK-47 rifles, classes and other dangerous weapons, did unlawfully kidnap Mr Oluwole Agboola and also collected a ransom of N1,650,000.00 only from his brother, Olakunle Agboola while in your captivity, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 2 and punishable under Section 4 (2) of the Oyo State kidnapping (Prohibition) Law, 2016.”
The third count stated that the three accused persons and others at large “did unlawfully kill/cause the death of one Mr Oluwole Agboola, aged 48 years, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 316 (3) and punishable under section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol. II Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.”
The magistrate sitting over the case, Mrs M.A. Amoke-Ajimotu, ordered that accused be remanded at Abolongo Correctional Centre in Oyo.
She adjourned the case till May 26, while the court awaits legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).