Alibofi and his accomplices abducted an American

An Accra Circuit court has ordered the extradition of John Alibofi, a Nigerian, to Benin Republic to enable him stand trial following a kidnapping charge levelled against him.

Alibofi is accused of conspiring with five others, Osinachi Felix, Koko Basile, Alobofi Ifeakachukwu, Awiligbame and Bocobabho Fernand Comlan, to kidnap Kenneth Bischoff, an American.

John and his accomplices demanded a ransom of $55,000 from Biscoff’s family and upon receipt of the money, they released Biscoff.

The Ghanaian judge, Patience Tetteh, gave the order after the Prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Aidan Dery, urged the court to extradite the accused person after he was picked up in Accra.

John is also facing an additional charge of conspiracy to commit crime and extortion.

DSP Dery said that on June 6, Interpol Accra was sent a message by Interpol Cotonou, informing the unit that John, together with his accomplices, are wanted by the Beninoise police.

According to Dery, John and his accomplices invited Kenneth to Lome in order to sell to him a substantial quantity of gold. They then drove him to Benin Republic, and upon realising that the victim had no money on him to pay instantly, they kidnapped him and kept him in a village in Benin from May 21 to 31, 2012.

On June 13, John was arrested by the police patrol team at Lapaz, a suburb of Accra, with the assistance of some civilians, and was subsequently handed over to Interpol Accra for further action.

John is currently being ramanded in custody at the CID Headquarters cells pending further investigations.

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