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Lagos Begins to Arraign Suspected Abductors of Iba Monarch


The Lagos State Government on Tuesday commenced moves to arraign suspected kidnappers of the Oniba of Iba, Oba Goriola Oseni, in court for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, murder and armed robbery.

In a statement issued by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, the government said the four suspects – Duba Furejo, Ododomo Isaiah, Reuben Anthony and Yerin Fresh- would be prosecuted in accordance with the relevant laws applicable to the alleged crimes committed.


Kazeem, who has already issued legal advice for the prosecution of the suspected kidnappers, said the suspects would be charged for offences of conspiracy for kidnapping, kidnapping, and two counts charge of murder and armed robbery.

He said the charge would be filed expeditiously at the High Court of the State to ensure prompt prosecution of the suspects.

Oba Goriola was abducted as he retired to bed in the evening with one of his wives. One of his security guards and a commercial bike rider were killed, while the monarch’s senior wife was also injured as he was being whisked away. He was in captivity for about three weeks.

The sustained pressure and intelligence gathering from law enforcement agencies, however, led to the rescue of the monarch, while the four suspects were apprehended in the process.

The Commissioner said the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, as part of its commitment to make the state a safe place to live and do business, would continue to support law enforcement agencies in the investigation and apprehension of all criminals, especially those involved in heinous crime of kidnapping, armed robbery and murder.

“Governor Ambode is committed to ensure that Lagos State becomes a no-go area for criminals who target innocent citizens for kidnapping and collection of ransom.

“My office will continually give the necessary support to the Police in apprehension, investigation and prosecution of criminals in Lagos State,” Kazeem said.

He, however, urged residents to promptly provide information that could lead to the apprehension of criminals, assuring the people that government would continue to work assiduously to ensure that criminals are brought to justice.


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