The Lagos State Government is set to arraign the key suspects arrested for the kidnap of the traditional ruler of Iba Town, Oba Goriola Oseni, before a High Court in Igbosere on Monday (today), October 24.

The State’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Adeniji Kazeem disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

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On July 16, the palace security guard, Sunday Okanlawon, and a commercial motorcycle rider, Joseph Okeke, were killed, while the monarch was abducted and kept in captivity for about three weeks.

The Attorney-General noted that the four suspects — Duba Furejo, Ododomo Isaiah, Reuben Anthony and Yerin Fresh would be arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo.

They are to face charges bothering on conspiracy, murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping.

The charges

The statement said the suspects would be arraigned on eight-count charges relating to kidnapping of the monarch, murder of the palace security guard, and a commercial motorcycle rider.

It said they would also be charged for attempted murder of the monarch’s wife, Olori Abosede Oseni and robbery of her property.

“The office of the Attorney General will work closely with all security agencies to ensure that all cases of kidnapping, cultism, rape, sexual and domestic violence crimes are swiftly prosecuted to a logical conclusion.

“The swift commencement of the trial of the suspects in the kidnap of the monarch is a strong signal by the administration of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode that it is not business as usual for criminals.

“If you commit a crime, we will find you and prosecute you no matter how long it takes.

“Gov. Ambode, as part of his commitment to make the state a safe place to live in and do business, will continue to support law enforcement agencies in the investigation and apprehension of all criminals.

“The governor is also committed to ensuring that Lagos State becomes a no-go area for criminals who target innocent citizens for kidnapping and collection of ransom in an effort to get rich quick,” the statement said.

The sustained pressure and intelligence gathering from law enforcement agencies, however, led to the rescue of the monarch, while the four suspects were apprehended in the process.