Court remands Benue lawmaker in prison over alleged kidnapping

Court remands Benue lawmaker in prison over alleged kidnapping

- Jonathan Agbidye, a lawmaker in the Benue House of Assembly has been remanded in prison for alleged armed robbery and kidnapping

- The lawmaker represents the Katsina-Ala East constituency of the state

- The police alleged that the legislator is a member of a dangerous gang

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Jonathan Agbidye, a lawmaker in the Benue state House of Assembly, has been remanded in prison for alleged criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, and kidnapping.

A Makurdi chief magistrate court presided over by Isaac Ajim on Friday, August 21, remanded the lawmaker representing Katsina-Ala East state constituency along with one Denen Zuamo for the alleged offence, Channels TV reported.

The police had told the court that the lawmaker and his co-accused were arrested with a vehicle belonging to Apin Public Health Initiatives which was snatched at gunpoint on May 22, 2018.

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Benue lawmaker, Jonathan Agbidye and his co-accused being led to prison. Photo Credit: Channels TV
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According to the police, further investigation revealed that Agbidye, Zuamo, and others now on the run, belonged to a gang of armed robbers and terrorists led by a wanted kingpin, Terwase Akwaza alias ‘Ghana’.

The prosecuting counsel told the court that investigation into the matter was still on and asked the court for another date to enable the police to complete their investigation.

Barrister Terhemen Oscar Aorabe, who represented the accused persons told the court that he will formally file and apply for the bail of his client on another date.

The trial magistrate adjourned the case to October 12, 2020, for further hearing.

Meanwhile, retired army officer, Maj Gen. Zamani Lekwot has faulted the Kaduna government over the continuous killings in the state.

Lekwot who is the founder of Southern Kaduna Elders Forum said there is more than meets the eye in the killings going on in the state because herders and the villagers have been living peacefully together for a long time, only for things to change suddenly.

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He argued that since the state government said it has identified the problem, then it should not be difficult to fix it.

In another news report, the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, has spoken on the crisis rocking a section of the state, Southern Kaduna.

Speaking on Channels TV on Sunday, August 16, Governor El-Rufai said some Southern Kaduna leaders accused him of taking sides in the crisis.

He added that the leaders want to be “appeased”, but insisted his administration will not grease the palms of those whom he described as trouble-makers.

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