Court remands farmer for allegedly beating 75-year-old man to death

Court remands farmer for allegedly beating 75-year-old man to death

A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Makurdi on Tuesday ordered that a farmer, Jacob Ikpe, be remanded in a correctional centre for allegedly beating a 75-year-old man to death.

 

Ikpe,28, who lives in Ikpakikwu Iyeche village in Oju Local Government Area of Benue, is charged with criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, mischief and culpable homicide.

 

The Chief Magistrate, Vincent Kor, did not take the plea of Ikpe for want of jurisdiction.

 

Kor adjourned the matter until Jan. 11, for further mention.

 

Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Ato, told the court that on Nov. 23, the matter was transferred from the Oju Divisional Police Headquarters to the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Makurdi.

 

Ato said that Elizabeth Ogah, the wife of the deceased, Jarius, reported the case at the police station in Oju.

 

He said that Ikpe and his accomplices, Friday Oluwa and Obonto, now at large, dragged Jarius out of his house, beat him up and set his house ablaze.

 

The prosecution said that the suspects also buried Jarius in a shallow grave.

 

The prosecution said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 97, 349, 338 and 222 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue, 2004.

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