Court sentences man to death for killing a minor

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A Niger State High Court sitting in Minna has sentenced a 42 year old man to death by hanging after finding him guilty of killing one 12 year old Shamsideen in a bush in Kagara, the headquarters of the Rafi local government area of Niger state.

 Justice Aisha Bawa Bwari who handed down the judgment in the case which has lasted four years said the convict contravened sections 221 of the penal code.

Delivering her judgment, Justice Aisha Bwari said the court examined the surrounding circumstances of the case and found that the proper evidence arrived at had shown without any iota of doubt that the first accused person and no one caused the death of the deceased.

She said further that the circumstantial evidence adduced by the prosecution was convincing and ‘it is in the light of the foregoing that the court finds the first accused Mohammed Haruna guilty of the offence of culpable homicide punishable under section 221.

 ‘You are to be hanged by the neck until you are dead’ she declared.

Justice Bwari however discharged the second accused in the case Musa Ahmadu for want of enough evidence for his conviction.

 In the convict’s confessional statement tendered in court by the prosecution Mohammed Haruna said he was hired by a ritualist, Malam Musa Yakila to bring a human part for N2 million.

 Yakila according to the statement wanted to send the human parts to his customers in Yola, Adamawa state.

 It was after the agreement was struck that he Haruna lured the deceased into the Shambua forest where he hit him with a stick resulting in his death.

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