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  • Updated: June 25, 2024

Benue: Court remands farmer for murder

Benue: Court remands farmer for murder

Joseph Awua, a 39-year-old farmer, has been placed under detention at the Correctional Centre Makurdi on Tuesday by a Makurdi Chief Magistrates' Court in connection with the suspected murder of Alexander Terver.

Awua, who resides in Angbaaye in the Guma Local Government Area of Benue, is facing charges of terrorism, culpable murder, and criminal conspiracy.

Chief Magistrate Kelvin Mbanongun ordered his remand at the prison and postponed the case to August 12, 2024, after rejecting his petition for lack of jurisdiction.

The crime was reported to the State CID, Makurdi on June 3 in a petition signed by the deceased's wife, Lucy Terver, and the prosecutor, Godwin Ato, who informed the court.

The petitioner claimed that on May 30, 2024, a group of armed men broke into her family's home at Pass-Brothers Community, Gboko Road in Guma and assaulted them.

She claimed that her husband was compelled to emerge from his room when the armed men began firing intermittently at the windows, and he was killed during the gunshots. 

The prosecutor added that a cell phone belonging to one of the assailants was found at the crime scene during the police investigation.

He stated further that more research resulted in the defendant's arrest while others were still at large.

Meanwhile, in Ado-Ekiti, a 36-year-old man named Abbey Olorunfemi was ordered remanded by a chief magistrates’ court for allegedly being a member of a secret cult. 

The chief magistrate, Saka Afunso, directed that Olorunfemi be held in a correctional centre pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution, after declining to take the defendant's plea.

The case has been adjourned until July 15 for mention. According to the prosecutor, Olasunkanmi Bamikole, the defendant purportedly committed the offence on May 29 at 10:00 a.m. in Iworoko-Ekiti, where he was allegedly identified as a member of the Aiye Confraternity. 

The prosecutor noted that this act violates section 41 of the Criminal Law of Ekiti State 2021.

The prosecutor urged the court to remand the defendant to the correctional centre, pending legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP.  

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