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Lagos govt set to arraign kidnappers of Iba monarch

The Lagos State government will today arraign the key suspects arrested in connection with the kidnap of Oniba of Iba, Oba Yishau Goriola Oseni before the Lagos High Court, Igbosere.

The state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, in a statement issued on Sunday and signed by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs,

Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Bola Akingbade, said the four suspects arrested in connection with the crime – Duba, Isaiah, Reuben and Yerin (other names withheld) would be arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of Court 24 for offences of conspiracy to murder, armed robbery and kidnapping.

Specifically, Kazeem said the suspects would be arraigned on eight-count charge relating to kidnapping of the monarch, murder of the palace security guard (Sunday Eniola Okanlawon) and a commercial motorcycle rider (Joseph Okeke).

According to the statement, they would also be arraigned on attempted murder of the monarch’s wife, Olori Abosede Oseni and theft of the Olori’s property.

While expressing the resolve of the present administration to rid the state of all forms of criminality, the state’s Attorney-General said his office would work closely with all security agencies to ensure that all cases of kidnapping, cultism, rape, sexual and domestic violence crimes were swiftly prosecuted to a logical conclusion.

He added: “The swift commencement of the trial of the suspects in the kidnap of the Oniba is a strong signal by the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode that it is not business as usual for criminals. If you commit a crime, we will find you and prosecute you, no matter how long it takes,” Kazeem said.

He assured that present administration was determined to hurt the scourge of kidnapping, cultist killing, raping and murder, adding that Governor Ambode, as part of his commitment to make the state a safe place to live in, move freely around and do business, would continue to support law enforcement agencies in the investigation and apprehension of all criminals, especially those involved in heinous crimes of kidnapping, armed robbery and murder.

He added: “Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is committed to ensuring that Lagos State becomes a no-go area for criminals, who target innocent citizens for kidnapping and collection of ransom, in an effort to get rich quick.”

It will be recalled that during on July 16, the the crime was committed Okanlawon and Okeke were killed, while the monarch was whisked away and kept 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.