Court remands first anti-open grazing herdsman victim in Benue


A Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court, presided over by Mr. Isaac Ajim yesterday remanded a 30-year-old herdsman, Gambo Ibrahim Mohammad in prison for committing culpable homicide, criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of firearms as well as causing grievous hurt on a 40-year-old man, Ortese Kwanghdoo.

When the case came up for mention, 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 in Logo local government area received a distress call from the unit commander police mobile force 13 squadron, DSP Umar Samaila, on special duty, at Ayilamo, that on the same date at about 3:00am, some Fulani herdsmen stormed Azege village, shot and killed one Orese Kwaghdoo male and aged 40 years.

He said the herdsmen also shot one Akaa Hingir, in the chest and he sustained serious injuries.

The prosecution officer stated that during police investigation, one Gambo Ibrahim Mohammed was arrested and a locally made pistol was recovered from him.

According to him, the act was punishable under section 97, 248, 222 of the penal code of Benue State and contravenes 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.
He, however, requested for more time to conclude investigation.

Presiding Magistrate, Isaac Ajim, ordered that the accused should be remanded at the Federal Prison and adjourned the case till February 9, 2018 for further mention.

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