Monday, June 24, 2019

Court remands Methodist Priest for allegedly faking his own kidnap

A 30 year old Methodist priest, Reverend Peter Adegoke Adewuyi, has been remanded in prison for faking his own kidnap to obtain a ransom.

The Ado-Ekiti Magistrate court also remanded his accomplice, a 25 year old man Oluwadare Ajewole.

The two persons, arrested on the 11th of June, will be tried for aiding, arranging and abetting kidnapping.

According to the Punch newspaper, Police Prosecutor, Inspector Monica Ikebuilo, alleged that “the offences committed by the priest and his accomplice are contrary to, and punishable under Sections 5 and 7 of Ekiti State Kidnap and Terrorism (Prohibition) Law 2015”.

Adewuyi had allegedly claimed that he was kidnapped between Ijebu Jesa in Osun State and Aramoko in Ekiti State while on a journey.
The priest allegedly hid in a hotel in Ado Ekiti on the pretence that he had been ‘kidnapped’, claiming that his ‘captors’ were demanding N3 million ransom from his church members and other members of the public.

At the court sitting on Monday, Magistrate Kehinde Awosika, ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody pending the issuance of legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

She subsequently adjourned the case till July 24, 2019.

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