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Court imprisons man for 104 years over kidnapping

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A Kano State High Court has sentenced one Paul Owne to 104 years imprisonment for masterminding the kidnap of nine children in the state.

Justice Zuwaira Yusuf of the court found the convict guilty of all the 38-count charges and consequently sentenced him without an option of a fine.

“I find Owne guilty on counts two, eight, nine, 27 and 34. I hereby sentence him to seven years imprisonment on each of the counts without an option of fine, in addition to paying the sum of N100,000 fine.

“The court also found Owne guilty on counts three, five, 10, 11, 22, 28 and 38. I sentence him to seven years in a correctional centre on each of the counts,” the judge held.

Yusuf held that the convict was found guilty on counts four, 12, 13, 29 and 38, and sentenced him to four years in a correctional centre on each of the counts without an option of a fine.

She, however, maintained that all the counts must run concurrently and ordered the remand of the six other defendants in a correctional centre for the continuation of trial.

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