A popular Islamic cleric, Shaik Taofeek Azeez, fondly called Akeugbagold, on Monday, asked an Oyo State High court sitting in Ibadan, to withdraw charges against abductors of his two-year-old twins last year.
Ridwan Taiwo, 30, Rafiu Mutiu, 35, Olumide Ajala, 36, Rafiu Modinat, 29, Bashiru Mohammed, 33, and Opeyemi Oyeleye, 25, were arrested and are being prosecuted for abducting the twins at their Ojoo residence on April 17, 2020.
The twins were released eight days later after an N4 million ransom was allegedly paid to safe their freedom.
Reacting to the application of the Islamic cleric, Justice Moshood Abass, stated he was not binding on the demand to release the criminals since the crime had been committed against the state.
The judge, who invited parents of the criminals to face the crowd within the court, stated the parents have created a problem for society by not taking good care of their children.
“Thank God those children were not hurt. I might have sentenced you to death. Do you pray for your kids to be kidnapped? As for your parents, your kids have brought disgrace to you and your entire household. Did you train them in the ways of God?”
Speaking on the reason behind his withdrawal from the case, the Islamic cleric stated; “forgiveness is one of the pillars of my religion and I, therefore, decided to follow the dictate of the Qur’an.
“I decided to take the decision because I preach forgiveness which is one of the pillars of Islam. I’m happy I’ve seen my twins unharmed however my friends who kidnapped them will need to sign an undertaking that nothing will occur to my family.”