Crime

Manhood theft: 5 persons arraigned for jungle justice

By Martin Iyonguvihi

Five persons in Ushongo Local Government Area of Benue state were Wednesday arraigned by the Benue  Police Command, before a Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court for allegedly beating to death, and setting ablaze, one Moses Melu Wavergh, accused of causing the disappearance of one Aondoungwa Asua’s manhood.

The accused persons, Aondoungwa Asua, 19-years-old farmer, Asua Aondoyima, 42-years-old health worker, Asua Tarpav, 40-years-old tailor, Asua Terkula, 50-years-old, all males and Laher Asua, 42-years-old female, from NKST Church, Aku Mbakuha in Ushongo, who were charged under Section 97, 349, 329 and 222 of the Penal Code Law of Benue state 2004 were ordered to be remanded in prison custody by the magistrate.

According to the Investigation Police Officer (IPO), Inspr Ada Idoko, the accused persons were arrested following a report by the complainant, Vashima Weveregh, who reported to the police station on January 12, 2022 that, “his elder brother, Moses Wevergh aged 35 was accused of causing the disappearance of one Aondoungwa Asua’s manhood.”

“And when he raised alarm, the accused persons and many others now at large trespassed into the police out-post at Ikyobo, conspired among themselves, broke the cell behind the station and removed the said Moses Melu Wevergh from the cell, beat him, matchet him with cutlass and axe to death and set his body ablaze,” he said.

No plea was taken for want of jurisdiction when the case came up for mention in court as the Prosecutor, Sgt. Ato Godwin sought for a new date for the police to complete investigation, while also applying that the accused be remanded in prison custody.

Granting his ruling, the Magistrate, V.T Kor Esq, ordered that the accused persons be remanded at the Nigeria Correction Service Centre, Makurdi. He adjourned the case to March 15, 2022 for further mention.

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