Obiora Igboanugo was yesterday sentenced to 27 years imprisonment by an Asaba High Court for kidnapping, having been found guilty on a five-count charge preferred against him.
The 27-year-old trader was said to have kidnapped an Asaba-based medical doctor, Dr. Walter Onubogu in June 2010, and demanded N50 million ransom. However, one Ikechukwu Udekwe who was arraigned along with him was discharged and acquitted for lack of evidence against him.
“Obiora Igboanugo and Ikechukwu Udekwe on or about the 10th day of June, 2010 at Akwuebulu layout, Asaba, within the Asaba judicial division kidnapped one Dr. Walter Onubogu and imprisoned him against his will and demanded for the sum of N50 million from one Mrs. Ifeoma Onubogu with menaces,” prosecution stated in the five-count charge.
One of the four witnesses called up by prosecution was the wife of the doctor Mrs. Ifeoma Onubogu, who paid out N3 million ransom. The abducted medical doctor, according to prosecution was shot by the kidnappers in the thigh.
In his ruling, presiding Judge, Justice K.O. Okpu stated that “in the final analysis, I hold that prosecution was able to prove count 1,2,3,4 and 5 against the 1st accused person beyond reasonable doubt. I hereby convict him accordingly”.
The accused was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for count 1, which is conspiracy to commit kidnapping, 7 years for kidnapping, 3 years for attempted murder 7 years for stealing and 3 years for demanding with menaces.