A Makurdi Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday remanded six farmers who allegedly burnt an old man to death and injured four others. The Magistrate, Mrs Franca Yuwa, remanded the accused at the Makurdi Prisons custody, and adjourned the case until May 10 for mention.
The court could not take the plea of the accused as Yuwa said that she needed the advice of the state’s director of public prosecutions. The accused are Celestine Abwa, Apuu Orkaa, Aondohemba Terkula, Terhemen Tseua, Asue Iorker and Teryima Ukete. They were charged with conspiracy, mischief and homicide.
The farmers, who hail from Agelaga Kohov Shangev-ya in Adikpo Local Government Area of Benue, allegedly burnt Mr Michael Atse to death and caused various degrees of injuries on four other elders. The four others are Messrs Alkali Gbodi, Ashim Labe, Ape Labe and Feerenga Apine.
The accused allegedly burnt the old people, who they claimed bewitched their friend, Mr Msughter Azua, to death.