Deposed Shangisha Baale, brother jailed 15 years for faking kidnap

Deposed Baale of Shangisha, Yusuf Ogundare (right), and brother, Mohammed Adams

A Lagos High Court in Ikeja has sentenced the deposed Baale of Shangisha in Magodo area of the state, Mutiu Ogundare, to 15 years imprisonment for faking his own kidnap.

Justice Hakeem Oshodi sentenced Ogundare and his brother Opeyemi Mohammed on Tuesday. Mohammed was handed the same prison term.

They were convicted on a two-count charge bordering on breach of peace and fake kidnapping.

The court, however, set the deposed Baale’s wife Abolanle free having earlier absolved her of the charges.

According to the prosecution, the defendants committed the offence on July 5, 2017.

The prosecution explained that Ogundare put himself forward to be kidnapped for the purpose of causing a breach of public peace, adding that his brother and wife aided in the crime.

For staging his kidnap, Ogundare was removed as the Baale of Shangisha by former governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos in July 2017.