Court sentences five men to jail for killing herdsman

A Yola High Court yesterday sentenced five people to death by hanging for murdering a herdsman in Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State.


The Presiding Judge, Justice Abdullaziz Waziri, who gave the verdict in his ruling, upheld the prosecution counsel, Salihu Muhammad, for proving the case against the five convicts beyond every reasonable doubt. Justice Waziri ruled that the convicts; Alex Amos, Alheri Phanuel, Holy Boniface, Jerry Gideon and Jari Sabagi, all of Demsa Local Government Area of the state, were found guilty of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.

He maintained that the offense contravened section 96 (1) (a) and sections 79 and 221 (b) of the penal code laws of Adamawa State 1997, as amended.

The convicts were accused of committing the offence on January 18, 2017 at Kadamun village in Demsa Local Government Area, when they conspired and attacked three herdsmen rearing cattle, killing one of them by name, Adamu Buba, whose body they threw into a river and maimed several cows. According to him, “I hereby sentenced the accused persons on counts one and two to death by hanging while on counts four and five; I sentenced the accused to three years in prison to run concurrently.


“Any aggrieved party is at liberty to file an appeal to the Court of Appeal, Yola Judicial Division, within 90 days from today,” the judge concluded.