A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Kaduna on Wednesday ordered that a 34-year-old businessman, Yakubu Aminu, who allegedly kidnapped a five-year-old boy, be remanded in a correctional facility pending legal advice.
Magistrate Umar Ibrahim did not take the plea of Aminu on grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter.
Ibrahim ordered the police to forward the case file to the Department of Public Prosecution for advice.
He adjourned the matter to February 12 for hearing.
The police charged Aminu, who resides at Shanono Rigasa, Kaduna State, with criminal conspiracy and kidnapping, contrary to sections 59 and 258 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law .
The Prosecution Counsel, Inspector Chidi Leo, told the court that the complainant, Kabiru Mohammed, who lives at Rigasa Kaduna, reported the matter at the police station on January 11.
Leo alleged that on January 10 at about 4pm, the defendant abducted the complainant’s five-year-old son who was sent by his mother to buy some soup ingredients around the neighbourhood.
The prosecutor said on January 11, the complainant received a phone call by a person demanding ransom of N500,000 before his son can be released.
Leo further stated that the complainant was able to negotiate with the “unknown caller” and was able to pay N150,000, but his son was not released.
The prosecutor added that during police investigation, the number used in calling the complainant was traced to the defendant and he was arrested while his accomplices ran away.