by Rachel Ogbu
A 32-year-old civil servant in Kogi State has been arraigned for killing his younger brother with a special ring soaked in ‘juju’ water.
On Monday the Chief Magistrate’s Court I in Lokoja, heard how Ismaila Ahmed murdered brother Iliyasu Ahmed, who reportedly collapsed and died when a fight ensued between him and one Buhari Abdullahi who is now at large, but in a bid to separate the two of them Ahmed beat his brother who later died.
Ismaila who committed the offence on October 27, 2012 was charged with criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide which is contrary to Sections 97 and 224 of the Penal Code Law and punishable with death penalty.
According to reports, he had beaten the deceased “with a charmed ring which made the brother to slump and die.”
Ismaila has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Tribune reports
The Police Prosecuting officer, Samuel Ikutanwa, urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody, saying that investigation into the matter was still going on.
The Counsel for the accused, Muazu Abbas, appealed to the court to grant the accused bail, saying that the court had the power to remand or release, while also urging the court to exercise its discretion in favour of the accused.
He explained that the accused, before his arraignment, was on police bail and tendered a letter written to the court by one Suleiman S. Obadegba, uncle to the deceased, of the family’s intention not to pursue the case.
The Chief Magistrate, Levi Animoku, in his ruling, released the accused on bail in the sum of N100,000 with a reliable surety who must be resident in Lokoja, stating that the essence of bail was to secure the attendance of the accused in court to take his trial and “I am sure that he will attend to his trial.”