A Lokoja Chief Magistrate’s Court has remanded two brothers, Adamu Yahaya, (20) and Mumuni Yahaya, (25), in prison custody over the death of five fellow Fulani herdsmen.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the duo was accused of using machetes to kill the five persons.
Mr. Levi Animoku of the Lokoja Chief Magistrate’s Court I, gave the order after the duo appeared before him on Thursday.
Animoku held that the charges of culpable homicide against the two herdsmen carried death penalty upon conviction, and declared that Section 341(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code precluded the court from granting bail in the circumstance.
“The presumption of innocence does not exonerate the accused; so, they cannot be granted bail,” he said.
The Chief Magistrate ordered that the accused be remanded at the Federal Prisons, Dekina, and urged the prisons authorities to ensure that they were treated of their head injuries.
Animoku also directed that the case be transferred to Chief Magistrate Court, Dekina, even as he adjourned the matter to March 16, for mention.
The Prosecuting Police Officer, Mr. Tuesday Ganagana, who read the First Information Report, had told the court that the accused were arraigned on two counts of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.
He said that the offences contravened sections 97(1) and 221(a) of the Penal Code.
Ganagana said that the case was reported by the Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Babangida Usman, in Ikende, Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State, on February 15.
Ganagana told the court that at about 2pm on the said date, the herdsmen were holding a meeting with their Ardo (leader) in Ikende when the accused and others now at large, invaded the meeting with weapons, including a gun and machetes.
The prosecutor alleged that the accused allegedly attacked and inflicted machete cuts on Ahmadu Yusuf, (30); Abubakar Mallam, (30); Abubakar Ahmadu, (18); Isah Ahmadu, (27) and Ruwa Alhaji, (20).
Ganagana said that the injuries led to the death of the five herdsmen, adding that an investigation into the case was ongoing.
He asked the court to adjourn for mention, but opposed the admission of the accused to bail.