By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—The Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, remanded five persons that allegedly kidnapped some staff and students of Nigeria-Turkish International College, Isheri, Ogun State, on January 13, in Kuje Prison.
Trial Justice John Tsoho, remanded the five defendants in prison after they pleaded not guilty to a five-count criminal charge the Federal Government preferred against them.
Those docked over the alleged crime were; Bekewei Agbojule (a.k.a Asari), Egbasimokumo Ayeomi (a.k.a Effiong), Godspower Olopele, Toki Okuba and Super Allen Baye (a.k.a Yanga). The charges were read to them through an interpreter.
Arraignment of the defendants was stalled on Tuesday due to the absence of a translator to interpret the charges to the defendants in Pidgin-English.
Three of the defendants, Agbojule, Ayeomi and Baye, were said to be from Ijaw community of Arogbo town, in the riverine area of Ondo State, while two others -Olopele and Okuba, were said to be residents of Ikorodu, Lagos State and Isheri in Ogun State, respectively.
They had insisted they could not understand English language.
Meanwhile, Justice Tsoho fixed September 28 for full-blown trial of the defendants.
Specifically, they were alleged to have kidnapped some staff and students of the school in Isheri, Ogun State, on January 13, 2017, and another six victims along Ikorodu Expressway, Lagos, on December 16, 2016.
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