Farmer held over mur­der

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Us­man A. Bello, Lokoja

A 30-year-old farmer, Ezikiel Okpe, was yes­ter­day re­manded at the federal pris­ons, Ankpa in Kogi State over cul­pa­ble homi­cide.

The ac­cused, Ezekiel Okpe of Onole-Ugo vil­lage in Olam­aboro Lo­cal Govern­ment Area was al­leged to have killed one Och­en­emi Alfa on March 26, 2014, at a stream in Onole-Ugo vil­lage.

The pros­e­cu­tor, Cor­po­ral Gana­gawa, told the court that one Eleojo Abel re­ported at the po­lice sta­tion that on March 23, her younger brother, Och­en­emi Alfa, went to the stream to wash clothes.

The pros­e­cu­tor said ac­cord­ing to Eleojo, shortly af­ter her brother went to the stream, she saw people run­ning back home from the same stream.

He added that Eleojo al­leged that when she got to the stream, she saw the ac­cused at­tack­ing her brother. He said ac­cord­ing to Eleojo, the sus­pect twisted and pressed her brother’s head in­side the stream un­til he died. He added that in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter led to the ar­rest of the ac­cused.

The pros­e­cu­tor noted that the of­fence is not bail­able and urged the court to re­mand the ac­cused in prison.

In his rul­ing, Chief Mag­is­trate Levi Nda An­imoku re­manded the ac­cused at the federal prison Ankpa and also trans­ferred the case to the Chief Mag­is­trate’s Court in Ankpa.

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