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An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure on Monday sentenced to life imprisonment, seven herdsmen for kidnapping former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, in 2015.
The court presided over by Justice Williams Olamide held that the suspects were guilty of the kidnapping charge brought against them by the Ondo State Government.
The convicts are Abubakar Auta, Bello Jannu, Umaru Ibarahim, Masahudu Muhammed and Idris Lawal.
The two other convicts are Abdukadir Yaro and Babawuro Kato.
Justice Olamide said the recovered ransom, call logs and identification of the suspects by Falae indicted them of complicity in the crime and subsequently sentenced them to Olokuta Prison without an option of fine.
He, however, discharged them of two of the charges, conspiracy and armed robbery.
The convicts kidnapped Falae on September 9, 2015, which happened to be his 77th birthday in his firm at Ilado Village in Akure North Local Government Area of the state.
The convicts later released the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation five days later In his reaction, counsel to the suspects, Abdul Raham Yusuf, expressed regrets of the judgment and hinted of its appeal.
The director of public prosecution at the Ondo State Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Adesola Adeyemi-Tuki, said the judgment is justice well served.