LASG to Arraign Kidnappers of Lagos Monarch


Gboyega Akinsanmi

The Lagos State Government said on Tuesday that it would soon arraign four suspects arrested in connection with the abduction of Oniba of Iba, Oba Goriola, before a court of competent jurisdiction.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, made the disclosure in a statement he issued, assuring the residents of the state that no criminal would go unpunished.

Kazeem said the state government had concluded plans “to charge the suspected kidnappers of the monarch to court for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, murder and armed robbery.

He said the four suspects – Duba Furejo, Ododomo Isaiah, Reuben Anthony and Yerin Fresh – would be prosecuted in accordance with the relevant laws applicable to the alleged crimes committed.

Already, the attorney-general said his office had issued legal advice for the prosecution of the suspected kidnappers, noting that the suspects “will be charged for offences of conspiracy for kidnapping, kidnapping, and two counts charge of murder and armed robbery.”

Kazeem said the charge would be filed expeditiously at a Lagos High Court “to ensure prompt prosecution of the suspects.”

He restated the commitment of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration “to prompt justice administration.

“As part of its commitment to make the State a safe place to live and do business, will continue to support law enforcement agencies in the investigation and apprehension of all criminals, especially those involved in heinous crime of kidnapping, armed robbery and murder.

“The Ambode administration is committed to ensure that Lagos State becomes a no-go area for criminals who target innocent citizens for kidnapping and collection of ransom. My office will continually give the necessary support to the police in apprehension, investigation and prosecution of criminals in Lagos State.”