A young man simply identified as Chizoba Okoye, who allegedly impersonated one of the kidnappers of the recently released six kidnapped students in Epe area of the state, was on Friday brought before an Ebute Metta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused, 24, is facing a one-count of false representation and demanding ransom.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Chinalu Uwadione, told the court that the accused committed the offenses on June 11 at 8.00 p.m.in Igbonla Moriden area of Epe.
He alleged that the accused falsely presented himself as one of the kidnappers of the six students who were kidnapped from a school in Epe and demanded the sum of N2m for their release.
The offences contravened Section 6 (iii) of the Lagos State Anti-Kidnapping Laws, 2017.
The law prescribed death sentence for anybody who engages in kidnapping.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Oluyemisi Adelaja, admitted the accused to bail of N1m with two responsible sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned until Aug. 23 for mention.