The Court which also found the three accused persons guilty of three other counts of conspiracy to commit a felony to wit: kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, demanding property with menace and stealing, sentenced them to 20 years imprisonment with hard labour PM News reports Two other accused persons were however lucky as they escaped the death sentence, having been discharged and acquitted by the court.
Earlier during trial, the prosecution told the Court that Dawel James, a driver by occupation, conspired with Augustin Akpojivi (29), also a driver, and Collins Enye (23), a commercial motorcycle rider; and others now at large, to kidnap his employer, one Rufus Uzoma Allwell, staff of Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC), while armed with guns and to demand a ransom of N2million before releasing their victim.
The court heard that Dawel James who was the driver to the kidnapped victim masterminded the kidnap of his boss and received part of the N2million ransom paid by the elder brother of his boss.
But they were however found out by the police.
Reacting to the court judgement, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr Peter Mrakpor hailed the court verdict and expressed optimism that the judgement of the court will send a strong signal to criminally minded persons in the State that it was not business as usual.