Two friends convicted over kidnap of Osun businessman, woman
TWO friends, Fawole Abimbola and Peter Tominiyi, were yesterday sentenced to ten years imprisonment by a state high Court in Osogbo, Osun State, for kidnapping an Osogbo-based foremost beer distributor, Alhaji Raufu Olaiya and Madam Victoria Babatunde. While Olaiya was kidnapped on March 20, 2011, in Osogbo, Babatunde was kidnapped on August 6, 2011, at Inisha in Odo-Otin Local Government Area of the state. The two friends have been standing trial since 2011, following their arrest by the police. They were convicted yesterday by the presiding judge, Justice Jide Falola for kidnapping Alhaji Olaiya and taking N10.3 million from him and another $500 ransom from Madam Babatunde. In his ruling, the judge sentenced the two accused persons to ten years imprisonment at the Federal Prisons in Ilesa. The convicts were tried on eight-count charge, including kidnapping, conspiracy, attempted murder, armed robbery and threat to life, which according to the judge would run their jail term for each of the charges concurrently.