Court remands man for killing ex-Naval officer, traditional title holder in Kogi


Court remands man for killing ex-Naval officer, traditional title holder in Kogi

A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital has remanded a 47-year-old man, Tahairu Abdul (aka Iyepopo) for allegedly killing two brothers: one ex-Naval officer and a traditional title holder, Mr Sylvester Mohammd Sule, and Onwocho Sule of Aku Community in Ankpa Local Government Areas of the state.

The suspect was arraigned in a suit file 8MCL/CR19m/022, NoCML239th/2022 before the magistrate court in Lokoja.

Tahiru Abdul was alleged to have conspired with others to kill Sule and Onwocho Sule in their separate houses at Aku village on January 29, 2020, he was also alleged to have set ablaze property worth billions of Naira.

In an affidavit sworn in support of motion experte by the Police Prosecution Officer, Inspector Toyin Momoh, on 22 September 2022, attached an application to remand the accused person in the Federal Correctional Centre in Koto Karfe.

The prosecution averred that the accused person committed the offences of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide punishable with death contrary to Sections 97(1) 223 and 337 of Kogi State’s penal code.

The police preliminary investigation, however, led to the arrest of the suspected killer, Mr Tahiru Abdul (aka Iyepopo) on 19/9/22 who was said to have been on the run since he committed the offence on January 29, 2020.

“On 30/1/2020 at about 02.48 hours, the complainant/applicant received a report from one John Adoga ‘M’ and one Theophilus Sule ‘M’ both of Aku village in Akpan Local Government Area in Kogi State alleging that on 29/1/2020 at about 22.00 hours, the aforesaid suspect and others now at large criminally conspired, while armed with dangerous weapons invaded the house of one Sylvester Mohammed, Sule and one Onwocho Sule, ‘M,’ both of Aku Village via Akpan,” the prosecutor posited.

“The suspect along with other accomplices now at large killed the two brothers in their respective houses and also set vehicles, motorcycles and other valuables ablaze,” the prosecution said.

The prosecutor also told the court that there is a need for further investigation, stressing that the case file has been forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

The court granted the application and the accused person was remanded at Koto Karfe Correctional Centre.

The court also adjourned the case to 6th October 2022.


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