Court remands housewife over alleged self-kidnap

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An Abeokuta Magistrates Court on Friday remanded a 32-year-woma, Rahmat Abdulateef, for allegedly faking her kidnap with the intention of extracting money from her husband.

The defendant, whose plea was not taken by the court, was arraigned on a one-count charge of self-kidnapping.

The Police counsel, Insp Adekunle Opayemi told the court that the defendant committed the offence on June 20 at about 2:42p.m. at Elite Road in Abeokuta.

According to the counsel, the defendant arranged for herself to be kidnapped in order to extort money from her husband, Mr Ogunbummi Lateef.

Opayemi said that the offence committed contravened section 27 of the Prohibition of forcible occupation of landed properties, armed robbery, kidnapping cultism and other anti-violence and related offence laws of Ogun 2016.

The Magistrate, Mrs O.O Odumosun ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison for 60 days pending legal advice from the department of Director of Public Prosecution, DPP.

She, however, adjourned the case until September 19 for mention.