The Department of State Services (DSS) has arraigned five persons before a Katsina Magistrates’ Court over alleged kidnapping of an eight-year-old boy.
The accused, Ahmad Muhammad, 20; Auwal Nura, 20; Mustapha Abdullahi, 20; Aisha Nasiru, 50 and Habiba Nasiru, 24, were said to have conspired and kidnapped the boy on his way to school in November 2016.
The prosecution counsel, H.A Al-sadiq told the court on Thursday in Katsina that the offence was committed in Funtua Local Government Area of the state.
Al-sadiq said that DSS operatives apprehended the five accused persons after rescuing the boy.She said that the accused persons were charged for kidnapping, criminal conspiracy and child trafficking, contrary tosections 97 and 273 of the penal code.
Al-sadiq further said that accused persons were only brought before the court for mention.The prosecutor added that the DSS had completed investigation and forwarded thecase file to the state Ministry of Justice foradvice.
She, therefore, urged the court to fix another date for further mention of the case.The Chief Magistrate, Mr Nuraddeen El-ladan, adjourned the case to July 13, for further mention and ordered the remand ofthe accused persons in prison custody.