Nigeria

Man to die by hanging for killing fellow herdsman in Ekiti

An Ekiti State High Court on, Thursday, sentenced a 25-year-old man, Mohamodu Haruna, to death by hanging for matchetting to death a fellow herdsman.

The Prosecution counsel, Shirley Atanel, while presenting the case told the court that Haruna committed the offence on Feb. 12, 2018, at the Uro River in Iyin Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun council of the state.

Atanel said that the acc murdered one Mohamadu Usman contrary to Section 516 of the Criminal Code, CAP C16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

NAN reports that one of the prosecution witnesses told the court that while riding his motorcycle past the river, he saw two herdsmen approaching the river with their herds of cattle.

The witness said that he later saw Haruna returning a blood-stained matchet into its sheath and the other herdsman lying face down in a pool of blood with a matchet cut on his neck.

However, the Judge, Justice Adekunle Adeleye, while delivering his judgment said “there are no surrounding circumstances that destroyed the cogency of the circumstantial evidence led against the accused.”

“He is caught in the web of the last seen theory.

“In the result, I find the defendant guilty as charged. He is sentenced to death by hanging,” the Judge added.

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