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Witness reveals Iba monarch abductors got N15.1m ransom

The traditional ruler of Iba Town, Oba Goriola Oseni, told a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosereon Friday that his abductors demanded N500m ransom but his family paid N15.1m to free him.

Oseni said this on Friday while giving evidence at the commencement of trial of the four men accused of kidnapping him.

The accused are Duba Furejo, Ododowo Isaiah, Reuben Anthony and Yerin Fresh, who were first arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo on October 24.

They are standing trial on an eight-count bordering on conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, robbery, armed robbery, stealing and kidnapping preferred against them by the Lagos State Government.

At the commencement of hearing, the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem (SAN), who led a team of lawyers for the state, obtained the leave of court to exclude the public from the trial.

In an oral application, Kazeem told the court that the accused were part of a criminal enterprise, therefore, it would be in the interest of justice and the safety of the witnesses for the case to be closed to the public.


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