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Four Kidnappers of Ex-Delta Speaker’s Brother Jailed 50 Years Each

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Kidnappers of the younger brother to a former Delta State House of Assembly Speaker, Tobeckwukwu Donald Ochei, who was abducted by a four-man armed gang on March, 27, 2012, were on Thursday sentenced to 50 years in jail with hard labour by an Asaba high court.

The court, presided over by Justice Cletus Emifoyie, while delivering its verdict, found the three accused persons, Igane Enekorogha37, a fisherman; Godwin Sibeded, 36, a driver; and job Burutu, 47; guilty of the four count charge of kidnapping, conspiracy to commit the crime, demanding property with menace and illegal post session of firearms and were consequently sentenced by the court to 10 years imprisonment each with hard labour for the offence of kidnapping, seven years imprisonment each for conspiracy, three years in jail for each of the accused persons for demanding the sum of N300 million as ransom and another 10 years jail term each for illegal possession of firearms.

The court, however, ruled that the sentences are to run concurrently.

The prosecutor from the Department of Public Prosecutions of the Delta State Ministry of Justice, Samuel Nwanne had told the court that Igane Enekorogha (m), Godwin Sibede (m), and Job Burutu (m) with others now at large, on or about the 27th day of March, 2012 in Asaba, within the Asaba judicial Division, kidnapped one Tobechwukwu Donald Ochei in front of his of this gate around 6;30 am, while armed with guns and whisked him away in their operational vehicle to an unknown location before he was later rescued by men of the DSS, after spending four days in the kidnappers’ den, identified as an Iraq community inside the creeks.

Prosecution also told the court that the kidnappers also made a call to the victim’s wife demanding a ransom of N300 million from the family before he could be released.