Nigerian Lawmaker Sentenced To Prison For Armed Robbery, Kidnapping

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. 

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. 

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