A 30-year-old Methodist Church Priest, Rev Peter Adegoke Adewuyi, has been remanded in prison custody by an Ado Ekiti Magistrate Court on Monday for allegedly faking his own kidnap.
In the ruling, the court also remanded his partner, Oluwadare Ajewole, a 25-year-old, in the alleged crime pending their next court appearance.
Adewuyi and Ajewole, were arrested by the Police on June 11 and will be tried on aiding, arranging and abetting kidnapping, with the interest of obtaining funds.
Inspector Monica Ikebuilo, the police prosecutor insist that “the crime committed by the priest and his accomplice are contrary to, and punishable under Sections 5 and 7 of Ekiti State Kidnap and Terrorism (Prohibition) Law 2015”.
According to the prosecutor, the suspects committed the crime within the the Ado Ekiti Magisterial District on June 11.
The priest earlier claimed that he was abducted between Aramoko in Ekiti State and Ijebu Jesa in Osun State while traveling.
On the kidnap pretence, Adewuyi hid himself in a hotel situated within Ado Ekiti metropolis, claiming that his ‘abductors’ were demanding N3 million ransom from his church members and other members of the public
The Magistrate Omolola Akosile, on the court sitting ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody pending the issuance of legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
She also adjourned the case till July 24, 2019, for further hearing.