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Dethroned Baale sentenced to 15 years imprisonment



Yusuf Ogundare (right) and his brother Mohammed Opeyemi (left) were both handed the same jail time

An Ikeja High Court on Tuesday sentenced a deposed Baale of Shangisha in Magodo area of Lagos, Mutiu Ogundare, to 15 years imprisonment for faking his own kidnap.

Justice Hakeem Oshodi sentenced Ogundare following his conviction on a two-count bordering on breach of peace and fake kidnapping.

The former Bale’s brother and accomplice, Opeyemi Mohammed, was also handed the same prison term.

However, the court set his 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.


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