Six of the men accused of abducting three schoolgirls from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary College in Ikorodu, Lagos, have been arraigned before the Ebutte Metta Magistrate Court in Lagos on Friday, and remanded in prison.
The six accused arraigned before the court include, Emmanuel Arigidi, 37; Gift Pius, 30; Fred Omoni, 32; Geofrey Owei, 28; Seun Akanji, 33; and Segun James, 29; who are facing a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, kidnap, armed with offensive weapons and robbery.
Meanwhile, one of the six men, Emmanuel Arigidi, was accused of other crimes including robbing several banks in the Ikorodu area and a new generation bank at Admiralty Way, Lekki, where he carted away N24.5 million, on March 12, 2015.
The prosecution counsel, Mr Godwin Osuji, asked that the kidnap suspects be kept in prison custody pending legal advice from the Department of Public Prosecution.
Osuji, who argued the remand application, said the application was brought pursuant to section 264(1) and (2), of the administration of Criminal Justice of Lagos State, 2011.
The defense counsel, Ola Ogunbiyi said that the arraignment was proper and expressed optimism that justice would be done.
Chief Magistrate, O.I. Adelaja, granted the remand application before adjourning the case till April 25, 2016. The Court also ordered the Police to duplicate the case file and forward it to the DPP for advice.
In the charge sheet marked D/13/16, attached to the remand application, the Police alleged that the suspected kidnappers had on February 29, 2016, at about 8p.m, while armed with AK 47, and offensive weapons, invaded Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School, Ikorodu, and unlawfully kidnapped and detained three students of the school.
The three students allegedly kidnapped by the suspects are: Tofunmi Popo-Olaniyan, 15: Olusa Timilelun, 14 and Deborah Akintayo, 14: all girls.
The Police alleged that the suspects took the students away to a creek between Imota and Igbokuta of Ikorodu, on February 29, before they were rescued by the Police on March 6.
They were also alleged to have robbed the Principal of the school, Venerable Olaoluwa Adeyemi of the sum of 5.6 million Naira.
These offences according to the Osuji, are contrary to and punishable under sections 409, 269(1), and 295(2) of the Criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.