By Mohammed Usman
A Minna, Niger State High Court has sentenced 11 persons to death by hanging for the murder of seven villagers over land dispute in Lavun Local Government Area of the state.
The 11 accused persons were pronounced guilty of the seven-count charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder and culpable humicide under section 221, 229 of the panel code include; Mohammed Mohammed, Baba Mohammed, Mohammed Isa, Abubakar Saba, Adamu Babaminin, and Ibrahim Emigi.
Haruna Mohammed, Isah Madu, Ndama Sheshi Isah Mohammed and Mohammed Ndabida are also among the 26 persons charged to the court for the murder of the seven persons in an attack at Gaba village from Afani village over disputed farm land between the two communities in 2019.
Delivering judgement, Justice Maimuna Talatu Abubakar, held that the prosecutor proved beyond reasonable doubts that the charges against the accused persons and the accused persons did not deserve the clemency of the court considering the grievous offence and the manner in which the murder was carried out.
She nevertheless acquitted 15 other accused persons for lack of convincing evidence.
“I don’t think in this circumstance, there is extenuating basis for which the Court makes recommendations, consequently, on the 1st to 7th count charges of conspiracy and culpable humicide by causing the death of 7 deceased persons”.