Court sentence ritualist to death for killing two brothers

Ibrahim Mohammed, a ritualist has been sentenced to death by hanging for killing two brothers in Koto-Nkarfe, Kogi State.

He was accused of killing two brothers, Muhammed Kudu Abubakar and Umar Tanko.

Mohammed was said to have administered poison on them before hitting them on the head with a pestle and then buried their corpses in a shallow grave in his compound.

Justice Alaba  Omoleye-Ajileye of a high court in Koton-Karfe on Monday said the prosecution had proved its case beyond every reasonable doubt and therefore sentenced Mohammed to death by hanging.

The accused persons had pleaded guilty to the charges.

Justice  Omolaye-Ajileye said, “The facts of robbery in the case flows from established facts and already accepted by the court in respect of the 2nd and 3rd charges.

“With all the pieces of evidence presented by the prosecution: the exhumation of the bodies of Tanko and Mohammed from the compound of the accused person, I hold  that after poisoning the two brothers as the accused person confessed in his downright criminality, he hit their heads with pestle to hasten their annihilation.

“And in order to avoid any trace of his brutal and inhuman act, the accused person buried the dead bodies of Tanko and Mohammed in his compound. Unfortunately since nothing is hidden under the sky, nemesis caught up with him,” the judge said.

He added, “By your own word, after poisoning both Tanko and Mohammed and they refused to die, you used a pestle to hit them on their heads. That was a brutal homicide committed with determination and ruthlessness. The manner you committed it, by your own description, makes it a high level of exceptional wickedness that it can only be properly punished  by death sentence, which is the only sentence I can pass on you.”

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