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Four Farmers Remanded For Killing Herdsman

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Four farmers, who  shot dead a herdsman, have been arraigned before an Ilorin Magistrate’s Court.

The accused allegedly conspired and shot the deceased having accused him of grazing his cattle on their farm.

The accused are Abdulrahman Olatunji, 27; Amide Kehinde, 28; James Olamilekan, 20 and Ajadi Sadiq, 28 all from Okaka village, Oke Oyi, Kwara State.

They were arraigned on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide, contrary to  sections 97 and 221 of the Penal Code Law.

Trouble began for the accused following a complaint on August 11, 2018  at the Divisional Police Headquarters, Oke Oyi, Ilorin, Kwara State by one Mohammed Gambo of Kumi village, Ilorin East local government area, alleging that one of his sons, who took his animals out to graze, was murdered.

According to the complainant, his two sons, Abubakar Mohammed and Kardo Mohammed, left home with their cattle for grazing but later, he received a phone call from one James Aweda, that one of his sons, Abubakar Mohammed, was shot dead by some farmers.

Police First Information Report (FIR) stated that investigation conducted at the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Ilorin, revealed that the deceased, who was alleged to have grazed into a farmland in Okaka village, was killed by the accused who conspired and shot him with a dane gun in the course of fight that ensued between them.

The FIR added that Abdulrahman (first accused) confessed to have been the person that shot the deceased with the gun.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Oderinde Abideen, told the court that investigation into the case was ongoing.

He objected bail of the accused and urged the court to remand them in prison custody pending the outcome of investigation.

The defense counsel, Barrister AJ Edun, sought for another  date to enable him formally apply for the bail of the accused.

The judge, Mrs EK Abu, who declined to take the plea of the accused for lack of jurisdiction, ordered that the accused be remanded at the Federal Prison Yard, Ilorin pending the outcome of  investigation.

The case was adjourned till September 12, 2018 for further mention.



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