Failed poll candidate charged with kidnapping


TWO men have appeared in the Wewak District Court charged with kidnapping two men they accused of using sorcery to cause an election candiate not to be elected, East Sepik senior magistrate  David Susame said on Wednesday.
In court were Stanley Samban, 45, of Kamanambit village in Angoram, East Sepik, and Walter Kowor, 49, of Makopin village in Wewak, East Sepik.
Both are now on a K500 bail each and are to appear in the same court on Aug 22.
Police reports submitted in court said that Samban and Kowor had accused the victims, Theo Wimbu and Ronny Idad, of practising sorcery to cause Samban to not
win the Wewak open seat which he was contesting in the general election.
The court papers said the two waited at Kaindi on July 30 after being tipped off that Wimbu and Idad were on their way to Wewak in a vehicle owned by Wewak MP Kevin Isifu.
Samban and Kowor stopped the vehicle and ordered Wimbu and Idad out of the vehicle, the court papers said.
They took their victims to Samban’s house and interrogated them, accusing them of using sorcery against Samban.
After the interrogation, the victims were taken to Wewak Police Station and detained.
However, a complaint was made against Samban and Kowor and police arrested and charged them with depriving  liberty.

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