Court Sentences Ritualist to Death for Killing 2 Brothers


Kogi State High Court sitting in Koton-Karfi yesterday ruled that a convicted ritualist, Ibrahim Muhammed should die by hanging for hacking two brothers to death.

The convict was earlier charged for robbery and culpable homicide committed against two brothers namely Mohammed Kudu Abubakar and Umar Tanko Abubakar.

The Police First Information Report said  the accused, sometimes in January 2016  at Kungbani Village in Kogi Local Government Area within the Kogi State Judicial Division, robbed Tanko Abubakar and his brother of his Toyota Carina ‘E’ Wagon with registration number Niger BDA 902 AA.

The Police report said the accused poisoned the two brothers and then hit them on  the head with a  pestle when the poison failed to react quickly.

Though the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges, the presiding judge, Justice Alaba Omolaye-Ajileye, established his guilt.

In his ruling which stated Ibrahim Muhammed’s act in some detail, the judge said: “I hold that after poisoning the two brothers as the accused confessed, in his downright criminality, he hit their heads with pestle to hasten their annihilation. And, to avoid any trace of his brutal and inhuman act, the accused buried the dead bodies of Tanko and Mohammed in his compound. Unfortunately for him, by the application of an unusual but most excellent investigatory dexterity, the Special Anti-Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police, Kogi State, exposed the apparently hidden crime.

“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. The manner you committed it, by your own description, make it a high level of exceptional wickedness that it can only be properly marked by death sentence, which is the only sentence I can pass on you.”

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Daily Trust

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