By Terfa Alaghga
A 65-year-old farmer, James Egboja of Obusa, Ainu village in Oju Local Government Area was last Thursday, arraigned before a Makurdi Chief Magistrate court charged with culpable homicide.
Prosecuting police officer, ASP Hyacinth Gbakor told the court that on the 26th October, 2020, one Alo Alogo of Obusa, Ainu village in Oju Local Government Area, came to the police station and reported that the accused also of the same address ambushed and shot a 45-year-old Daniel Omenka Alo to death with a single barrel gun without provocation.
Prosecution further said, during police investigation, the accused was arrested for committing the crime and he confessed.
When the case came up for mention, no plea was taken for want of jurisdiction, while prosecution said investigation was still in progress and asked for another date.
The Chief Magistrate, Vincent Kor Esq, ordered that the accused be remanded in the correctional centre in Makurdi and adjourned the case to the 17th December, 2020 for further mention.
Meanwhile, the Benue State Police Command also last Thursday, arraigned a 20-year-old businessman, Abdullahi Hassan of No. 4 Igede Street in Otukpo, before a Makurdi Chief Magistrate court, for criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.
The prosecuting police officer, Sgt. Friday Kanshio, told the court that on the 27th October, 2020, one UlumTerhemba of Mbakwagh village in Gboko LGA, came to the ‘A’ Division Police Station and reported that on 26th October, 2020 he conveyed two young men from Akpagher to Ikyumbur and on the way, one of them asked him to pull over on the pretext that an insect entered his eye.
According to him, immediately he stopped, both of them armed with knives attacked and inflicted injuries on his left hand and robbed him of his Bajaj Boxer motorcycle.
The complainant further stated that, he summoned the courage and held one of them by the name Abdullahi Hassan, and shouted for help and members of the nearby community came to his aid and the motorcycle was recovered.
During police investigation, the accused confessed committing the crime and mentioned one Dennis Emmanuel of Otukpo as his accomplice.
When the case came up for mention, no plea was taken for want of jurisdiction while prosecution stated that investigation was still on-going and asked for another date.
The Chief Magistrate, Vincent Kor Esq ordered that the accused be remanded in the Makurdi correctional centre and adjourned the case to the 17th December, 2020 for further mention.