Police arraign 3 for kidnapping traffic officers


police_logo_highresThe police on Thursday in Abuja arraigned three drivers, Danladi Alpha, Joseph Idako and Ahah Mohammed, before an FCT Senior Magistrates’ Court in Karu for kidnapping a police office while on duty.
The accused persons of Olaye Street, Kogi State, appeared before Senior Magistrate Omolola Akindele on a two-count charge of dangerous driving and attempt to commit an offence.
The police prosecutor, Insp. Philip Akogwu of Asokoro police station told the court that the accused persons committed the alleged offence on March 19 around Asokoro Junction, Abuja.
Akogwu said that Alpha the driver in-charge of a truck with Reg No BAS 13 XE, drove his truck without caution and in a dangerous way to other road users around Asokoro junction.
He alleged that the officer on duty, Emmanuel Amos attached to Asokoro police station stopped the driver and order him to come down from his vehicle for questioning, Alpha refuse to obey the officer.
“The officer had no option than to force himself inside the vehicle since the driver was adamant. Idako and Mohammed who are conductors of the said truck advised Alpha to move the vehicle which he yielded to their advice by taking the officer to an unknown destination. It took the intervention of policemen with Accos 50, which went after the accused persons by blocking them around Abacha Barracks, Abuja and the officer regained his freedom. Offence as such was a serious one and punishable under sections 29(1) of Road Traffic Act and 95 of Penal Code,” Akogwu alleged.
The accused persons who represented themselves in court however pleaded not guilty to the allegations levelled against them. Magistrate Akindele admitted them to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties each in like sum that resident within the court’s jurisdiction.
She ordered that the sureties should produce one passport photograph each to the court registrar and their addresses by verified by the prosecutor before their released. The case was adjourned till April 16 for the police to prove their case against the accused persons.

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