CITY NEWS Po­lice­man shoots herder, cow in Wukara Court jails man for car theft

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Taiwo Adeniyi By Ka­mardeen A. Is­mail

Apo­lice­man at­tached to the Good­luck Ebele Jonathan Farms along Nnamdi Azikiwe Air­port Road, Abuja, on Sun­day af­ter­noon al­legedly shot at a herds­man and his cow.

The herds­man iden­ti­fied as Sa­maila was said to have been shot along with a cow among the cat­tle he was herd­ing be­hind the farm not far from Wukara com­mu­nity at about 2:45p.m.

A res­i­dent who sim­ply iden­ti­fied him­self as Us­man said Wukara res­i­dents heard sound of gun­shot around the farm and ran there “but other Fu­lani peo­ple close to the area were run­ning to­wards us and told us a po­lice­man had shot a herds­man,” he said.

“We don’t know want hap­pened be­tween the Fu­lani man and the MOPOL. The herds­man was at the back of the site and the MOPOL was in­side the farm when we got there,” he said.

He said the po­lice­man may have shot the herds­man and a cow due to a dis­agree­ment on where to graze the cat­tle.

“The Fu­lani man and one cow had died be­fore we got there,” he said.

Us­man said the late Sa­maila was the only child of his fa­ther and his wife was de­liv­ered of a baby just two weeks ago.

Us­man, who said there has been heavy pres­ence of se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives at the farm, said the herds­man has been buried ac­cord­ing to Mus­lim rites.

The FCT po­lice com­mand spokesman, ASP An­juguri Man­zah did not pick calls placed to his phone while he did not re­ply a mes­sage sent to him. An FCT Up­per Area Court has jailed a 33-year-old man for steal­ing cars in Abuja and its en­vi­rons.

The prose­cu­tion coun­sel, A.O Urom told the court that the ac­cused iden­ti­fied as Ahmed Isah was ar­rested on July 2 at Area 10 Garki, Abuja by one of the po­lice of­fi­cer on pa­trol.

The pros­e­cu­tor fur­ther in­formed the court that dur­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, three keys sus­pected to be mas­ter keys used in open­ing ve­hi­cles were re­cov­ered from the ac­cused.

He also said that fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the ac­cused be­longed to a gang of thieves who spe­cial­ized in us­ing mas­ter keys to steal dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cles be­long­ing to in­no­cent vic­tims from where they are parked within the FCT me­trop­o­lis.

When the charges were read to the ac­cused, he pleaded guilty. The pros­e­cu­tor, there­fore, urged the court to try the con­vict sum­mar­ily in pur­suance to sec­tion 112(8) of the Ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act, 2015.

De­liv­er­ing the judg­ment, Umar Yusuf Kar­gako, sen­tenced the con­vict to eight weeks im­pris­on­ment after the ac­cused pleaded guilty to the one count charge of car theft, an of­fence con­tra­ven­ing sec­tions 319A and 306 of the pe­nal code law.

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