Court remands herdsman in prison over alleged murder, arms possession
A 30-year-old Fulani herdsman, Gambo Ibrahim Mohammad, has been remanded at Makurdi prison till February 9, 2018.
The herdsman was the first to be prosecuted since the anti-open grazing law came to existence in Benue State. The law took effect on November 1, 2017.
Mohammed was arraigned before Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court for alleged culpable homicide, causing grievous hurt, criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of firearms.
When the case came up for mention on Tuesday, no plea was taken for want of jurisdiction.
The Prosecuting Officer, ASP Imo Edward, told the court that on November 2, 2017 at about 7:30am, the Divisional Police Officer, Logo Local Government Area of the state received a distress call from unit commander Police Mobile Force 13 Squadron on special duty Ayilamo, DSP Umar Samaila M, that on the same date at about 3am some Fulani herdsmen stormed Azege village, shot and killed one Ortese Kwaghdoo male aged 40 years.
Edward said the herdsmen also shot one Akaa Hingir on the chest and he sustained serious injury.
The Prosecution Officer noted that during investigation, one Gambo Ibrahim Mohammed was arrested and a locally made pistol was recovered from him.
According to him, “The act was punishable under sections 97, 248, 222 of the Penal Code of Benue State and contravened Section 19(7) of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment law of Benue State 2017, punishable under Section 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) 2000.
Edward however requested more time to conclude investigation.
Presiding Magistrate, Isaac Ajim, ordered that the accused be remanded at the Federal Prison and adjourned the case until February 9th, 2018 for further mention.