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Missing toddler: Man in court over alleged demand for ransom

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A 32-year-old man, Oloche Udeh, on Tuesday appeared before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, over alleged demand of N2.5 million as ransom for an information on a missing toddler.

Udeh is facing a charge of fraud.

The prosecutor, Insp. Oladele Adebayo, told the court that the accused committed the offence on July 8 at 2.30p.m., at Oregun, Lagos.

Adebayo said the accused asked for the N2.5 million from parents of the missing five-year-old child in exchange for the information of her whereabouts.

The offence contravened Section 2(ii) of the Kidnapping Prohibition Laws of Lagos State, 2017.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mr O.O. Olatunji, remanded the accused in Ikoyi Prison.

Olatunji, however, ordered that the case file should be sent to the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.

He adjourned the case until Sept.10.

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