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Court remands land vendor, one other for alleged culpable homicide

A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Makurdi, Benue, on Tuesday ordered that a land vendor and one other be remanded for alleged culpable homicide.

The police charged Terzungwe Aondoakaa, 24, and Gbaior Agirigi, 25, with criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, acts of terrorism, illegal possession of fire arm and culpable homicide.

Magistrate Erdoo Ter, who did not take the suspects’ plea, for want in jurisdiction, ordered that they be remanded in the Federal Maximum Correctional Centre Makurdi,

She adjourned the case until Jan. 23 for further mention.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp Regina Ishaya told the court that the case was received at the ”DZ section SCID” Makurdi through a signal with number: CJ:4161/BNS/JTF/OPZ/VOL.1/6R6 dated Nov. 17 from Operation Zenda JTF HQ.

Ishaya said that on Nov. 16, men of the Operation Zenda JTF led by Insp Barnabas Anyiatse while acting on a tip-off, reported that gunmen had attacked, shot and killed one Hungurmoga Agirigi of Vandeikya LGA of Benue State and made away with his corpse.

She said the team swung into action, traced and arrested one Gbaior Agirigi of Booikyo, Ukum LGA and recovered some items belonging to the deceased.

She said they recovered the deceased’s arm and ammunition comprising of two fabricated Ak 47 riffles with nine rounds of 7.62x39mm live ammunition, one SMG magazine, seven rounds of .9mm ammunition, one empty shell of 7.62x39mm ammunition, and a locally made pistol all buried at the deceased’s compound in Mbamena Ukum LGA were recovered.

The police said upon further investigation, Aondoakaa, was arrested for committing the offence  while others are at large.

She said the offence contravenes the provisions of sections 6(b) 1(1),(2)(a)(b) & 3(1) of the Robbery and firearms Special Provisions Act 2004, Section 4(2) of the Abduction, Hostage-Taking, Kidnapping, Secret Cult and Similar Activities Prohibition Laws of Benue State 2017 and section 222 of the Penal code laws of Benue State 2004.

She said investigation into the matter was still ongoing and requested for an adjournment.

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