A Delta State High Court sitting in Asaba has sentenced a kidnapper of a Warri based Journalist, James Okporua Otobrise to seventeen years imprison.
ICPJF reports that the court presided over by Hon. Justice F.N. Azinge(Mrs.) handed down the judgement after the prosecution counsel, a Deputy Director, T.P.I, Urai and E.S.Ifedora, dragged the case to court.
Delivering judgment, the Court said,”I have considered the submissions of the learned Defence Counsel in urging the Court to ameliorate the sentence.
“It is common knowledge that the spate of kidnapping is on the increase in Nigeria, particularly Delta State.
” The sentence is to act as a deterrent to others who believe that kidnapping is a lucrative enterprise or business and to rid the society of people like the defendant who live on crime.
“Therefore, I will pronounce the sentence as is provided under the law.
“You, James Okporua Otobrise is hereby sentenced as follows: Count I, 7 years imprisonment.
Count II, 10 years imprisonment. To run consecutively. This is the judgement of the Court. ”
The kidnapper was arraigned by the Delta State Government on two counts charges bordering on conspiracy to wit: Kidnapping but he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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