A 52-year-old man, Mohammed Salihu and his son, Sumaila, Salihu (23) will be spending some time in Okene prison.

The father and son allegedly conspired to steal a baby for reasons not yet established and a Lokoja Chief Magistrates' Court on Monday, remanded them in prison for the alleged crime.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Adeboye Awoyale, told the court that a Joint Task Force (JTF) team in Okene arrested Sumaila Salihu and brought him to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Okene on March 14.

The prosecutor said that at about the same day, the accused deceitfully collected the baby boy from his mother, Zainab Oyegoke under the pretence of playing with him.

Awoyale said, thereafter, the accused disappeared with the baby without the consent of his mother, adding that after waiting in vain for her baby, the baby’s mother raised alarm over the disappearance of her son.

The prosecutor also said the JTF team, went into action and shortly after, intercepted the accused, with the baby at Okene Local Government Secretariat and arrested him.

He further told the court that investigation revealed that Sumaila conspired with his father to commit the crime.

The two accused were charged with criminal conspiracy and kidnapping contrary to Sections 97(1) of the Penal Code and 4(1) (g).

The offence is punishable under Section 4(3)(b) of Kogi State Kidnapping and Other Related Offences Prohibition Law, 2015.

Asides remanding them in prison, Chief Magistrate Alhassan Husaini also ordered that the case be transferred to Chief Magistrates’ Court, Okene where the crime was allegedly committed.