A Delta State High Court sitting at Asaba on Tuesday convicted and sentenced two men including a student, Ndudi Ogwu, 22, to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour for kidnapping a nurse.
Ogwu, an ND II mechanical engineering student of Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku was sentenced alongside one businessman, Chukwudi Ifemeni, 22, to 10 years on each the count of kidnapping and four years for conspiracy.
The Court held that the prosecution had proved its case against the two accused persons beyond reasonable doubt and thus convicted and sentenced them accordingly.
The prosecution had told the court that Ogwu and Ifemeni with two others now at large kidnapped one Mrs. Kate Okogu, wife of Mr. Paul Okogu, a politician in front of her house as she returned from her shop.
The incidence happened on September 13, 2012 at Ughelli.
The kidnappers numbering about 4 took their victim to a forest along Isoko-Patani Road where she was unlawfully held captive. She was however, rescued unhurt by a team of soldiers led by one Sergeant Austin Osudibia the next day.
Ogwu was arrested by a Patrol team of the JTF at the scene where the kidnapped victim was held captive as the one detailed to watch over her while the second accused was arrested through the confessional statement of the 1st accused person.
They both admitted in their confessional statements to have committed the offence upon their arrest but later denied the charges during trial.
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