A Grade I Area Court in Kabusa, Abuja, on Tuesday ordered that a businessman, Chibuike Agbo, who allegedly abducted a mechanic be remanded in prison custody pending trial.
The police charged Agbo with two counts of criminal conspiracy and abduction.
Agbo was alleged to have abducted Chukwuma Onwumere, a mechanic, at Apo Mechanic village.
Aliyu Kagarko, the Judge, ordered that the defendant be remanded in Keffi Prisons, before adjourning the case until September 3 for hearing.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Mahmud Lawal, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on July 31, in Kabusa.
Lawal informed the court that Uwakwe Godwin, a friend to Onwumere, reported the matter to the Inspector General of Police at the Kabusa Police Station.
He said the complainant reported that Agbo conspired with bandits, who are at large and kidnapped Onwumere.
Lawal alleged that the defendant, after committing the offence, approached the complainant and bragged to him.
The prosecution counsel further told the court that Agbo threatened that nobody will be allowed to see Onwumere without his permission.
According to Lawal, Agbo was unable to satisfactorily explain Onwumere’s whereabouts during police’s investigation into the matter. He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 96 and 255 of the Penal Code law.
But the suspect, however, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to him.