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Kogi State High Court in Koton-Karfi yesterday sentenced a ritualist, Mallam Ibrahim Muhammed, to death for killing two brothers.
The accused stood trial in the court for robbery and culpable homicide of the two brothers namely Mohammed Kudu Abubakar and Umar Tanko Abubakar.
According to the Police First Information Report, the accused, sometimes in January last year at Kungbani village in Kogi Local Government Area within the state judicial division, robbed Tanko and his brother, Mohammed of his Toyota Carina E Wagon with registration number BDA 902 AA, thereby committed an offence punishable under section 298(a) of the penal code.
The accused was also said to have poisoned the two brothers and killed them by hitting them in the head with a pestle when the poison failed to react quickly, thereby committed an offence punishable under section 221 (a) of the penal code.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The presiding judge, Justice Alaba Omolaye-Ajileye, while delivering his judgment, said: “I hold that after poisoning the two brothers as the accused confessed, in his downright criminality, he hit their heads with pestle (Exhibit P7) to hasten their annihilation.
“And in order to avoid any trace of his brutal and inhuman act, the accused buried the dead bodies of Tanko and Mohammed in his compound.
“Unfortunate for him, since nothing is hidden under the sun, nemesis caught up with him. By the application of an unusual but most excellent investigatory dexterity, the Special Anti-Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police, Kogi State Command, exposed the hidden crime.
“By your own word, after poisoning both Tanko and Mohammed, and they refused to die, you used a pestle to hit them in the heads. That was a brutal homicide committed with determination and ruthlessness. 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.”
Justice Alaba therefore sentenced him to death by hanging.