Four farm­ers held over killing of 95-year man

Business Day (Nigeria) - - CITY FILE -

Four farm­ers – Akuha Ig­ber, Awuhe Ashwe, Gowon Genki and Takela Denke – have been charged be­fore a Makurdi Chief Mag­is­trate Court in con­nec­tion with the killing of a 95-year man, iden­ti­fied as Boun Adi.

The sus­pects, all res­i­dents of TseIg­bazer in Gwer-west lo­cal govern­ment area of Benue, are charged with crim­i­nal con­spir­acy and cul­pa­ble homi­cide pun­ish­able un­der sec­tions 97 and 22 of the Pe­nal Code Laws of Benue, 2004.

At their ar­raign­ment be­fore Regina Ochok­wunu, a chief mag­is­trate, the pros­e­cu­tor, Regina Ishaya, told the court that the case was trans­ferred from the divisional po­lice head­quar­ter, Naka to the state CIID, Makurdi via a let­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to Ishaya, in the let­ter dated Novem­ber7, 2018, one Pa­trick Yan­mile of Naka, Gwer-west re­ported at the Naka po­lice sta­tion that his 95-year un­cle was mur­dered.

The let­ter quoted Yan­mile as stat­ing that the ac­cused per­sons and oth­ers, now at large, had con­spired, at­tacked and killed his un­cle in his house. He fur­ther stated that the ac­cused per­sons, and the flee­ing sus­pects, al­leged that the de­ceased was a wizard and re­spon­si­ble for many deaths.

The pros­e­cu­tor said that two per­sons were ear­lier ar­rested and ar­raigned be­fore Chief Mag­is­trate Court 4, for the crime, while the ac­cused per­sons, who were pre­vi­ously at large, were ar­rested dur­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the po­lice.

How­ever, when the case came up for men­tion on Wednesday, Jan­uary 9, 2019, the pleas of the ac­cused were not taken be­cause the court had no ju­ris­dic­tion to en­ter­tain the mat­ter.

The pros­e­cu­tor in­formed the court that in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter was still in progress to en­able the po­lice ap­pre­hend other sus­pects still at large. He urged the court to ad­journ to a later date.

The mag­is­trate, Ochok­wunu, ad­journed the mat­ter to Jan­uary 21, for men­tion, and di­rected that the sus­pects be re­manded in prison cus­tody.

NAN

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