Court remands farmer for allegedly abducting own daughter

A Makurdi Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday remanded a 40-year-old farmer, Teryila Akperakya, in a correction centre for allegedly abducting his own daughter.

Akperakya, who lives at Ukan Mbaded village in Ushongo Local Government Area of Benue was charged with Criminal Breach of Trust and Abduction.

However, the Magistrate, Mr Vincent Kor, did not take the plea of  Akperakya for want in jurisdiction.

Kor adjourned the matter until Aug. 1 for further mention.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp Jonah Uletu told the court that Mrs Rachel Ukpo reported the matter at the state Criminal and Investigation Department, Makurdi on June 10.

She said that Akperakya visited her on June 5 and she gave him N395,000.00 to buy garri for her.

The prosecutor added that after Akperakya collected the money, he abducted his 15-year old daughter, who was living with the complainant.

She added that Akperakya later turned around and started asking for money from the complainant to release the girl.

She said Akperakya demanded for two million Naira ransom from her.

The offence, she said, contravened the provisions of Section 313 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue, 2004 and 3(2) of the Abduction, Hostage Taking, Kidnapping, Secret Cult and Similar Activities Prohibition Laws of Benue, 2017. (NAN)