An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court has remanded two labourers in Lagos prison for touring and drowning their colleague for allegedly stealing phone.

The accused — Ayuba Abu, 32, and Dogo Yakubu 30 – are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder.

They were alleged to have murdered Mamudu Amidu, 34.

The Magistrate, Miss B.O. Ope-Agbe, said the accused should be kept behind bars pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

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The Prosecutor, Sgt. Jimah Iseghede had told the court that the accused committed the offences on July 8 at Plot 10, Prime Adesoji Ajose St., Ogudu GRA Phase 11, Lagos.

Iseghede alleged Abu and Dogo had vowed to beat that Amidu (the deceased) for stealing a phone, but was pardoned after much plea from the deceased.

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“But a neighbour, now at large, who heard about the matter, insisted that Amidu must be punished for the offence.

“The accused and the neighbour later tortured Amidu in a stagnant water, bathed and dipped him in the water … he lost consciousness and was later found dead,” Iseghede said.

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The offences, he noted, contravened Sections 221and 231 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 221 prescribes a death sentence for offenders.

The magistrate has adjourned the case to Sept. 13. (NAN)