TUNDE OYEBANJI AWOTOYE, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is the judgment in respect of the appeal of the accused in charge No: A/42C/2009; EKWUTOSI OGOLO (DECEASED) and 5 ORS. The appeal is against the judgment of Abia State High Court sitting at Aba delivered on 16/4/2014.
The charge against the accused persons at the lower court read thus.
AT THE SESSION HOLDEN AT ABA on the . Day of .. 2010, the Court is informed by the Attorney-General of Abia State on behalf of the State that Ekwutosi Ogolo, Chinyere Ahamefula, Uchenna Alfred, Chika Eze, Goodluck Olewe and Akudo Alozie are charged with following offences:-
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE
Conspiracy, contrary to Section 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 30 vol. II Laws of Eastern Nigeria 1963, as applicable in Abia State.
PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE
Ekwutosi Ogolo, Chinyere Ahamefula, Uchenna Alfred and Chika Eze on or about the 27th day of July 2009 at Glorious Childrens Academy Aba in Aba Judicial Division conspired to Kidnap one little Ma…