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Man Jailed Seven Years For Sending Kidnap Threat Messages

Posted: Jun 11, 2016 at 5:47 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Felix Igbekoyi

Asaba – This is not the best of times for Oghenekevwe Frank Atumu as nemesis has caught up with him over intent to extort the sum of N13 million through threat to life. He allegedly sent text messages threatening to kidnap Love Okeoghene Ojakovo, a former Delta State Commissioner for Finance, and his wife unless the sum was paid to him.

The accused, a cousin to the wife of the complainant, who is said to be jobless but claimed to be a staff of an oil service company based in Port Harcourt, was said to have been allegedly rusticated from the state-owned university for Cultism.

Ojakovo, had reported receiving several text messages from a particular Glo line demanding for the sum of N13million, to law enforcement agents; they did not initially know that it was the wife’s cousin that was the face behind the mask until it was uncovered by operatives of the DSS who unveiled the true identity of the sender that led to his arrest.

The arrest led to confessional statement admitting to the offence but he pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge when he was arraigned before the court for trial.

A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in the Warri Magisterial District has sentenced Atumu to seven and half years imprisonment for sending threat to life text messages

The president, Chief Magistrate Ena Odjugo, found the 32 years old guilty on the three counts against him by the prosecution and sentenced him to two and half years imprisonment for each count.

The verdict read: “That you, Oghenekevwe Frank Atumu (m) between 2nd and 21st May, 2013 at Warri in the Warri Magisterial District with intent to extort money from Love Okeoghene Ojakovo (m) and his wife, sent threat to life text messages to kidnap them unless the sum of N13 million was paid and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 406 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap C.21 Volume 1, Laws of Delta State of Nigeria, 2016.”

In sentencing the accused, the Magistrate who declined a plea for leniency by counsel to the defendant praying the court to impose an option of fine, said that the offence has become prevalent in society today and was a foundation for the serious offence of kidnapping.