A High Court of justice sitting
in Koton-Karfi has sentenced a
herbalist, Ibrahim Muhammed
to death by hanging for killing
two brothers through poison
and hitting them with pestle to
hasten the action.
In his judgement on Monday,
the High Court Judge, Justice
Alaba Omolaye-Ajileye
handed down the sentence
upon conviction of the
herbalist, describing his act
as “a high level of exceptional
wickedness”.
Omolaye-Ajileye held that
the prosecution proved its
case beyond reasonable doubt
more so as the convict had
corroborated the submission
of the prosecution that he
poisoned Mohammed Kudu
Abubakar and Umar Tanko
Abubakar after robbing them
of their car.
“I hold that after poisoning
the two brothers as the accused
confessed, in his downright
criminality, he hit their heads
with pestle (Exhibit P7) to
hasten their annihilation.
“And,in order to avoid any
trace of his brutal and inhuman
act, the accused buried the
dead bodies of Tanko and
Mohammed in his compound.
“Unfortunate for him, since
nothing is hidden under the
sky, nemesis caught up with
him. Bythe application of an
unusual but most excellent
investigatory dexterity, The
Special Anti-Squad (SARS) of
the Nigeria Police, Kogi State,
exposed the apparently hidden
crime. “By your own word,
after poisoning both Tanko and
Mohammed and they refused
to die,you used a pestle to hit
them on their heads. That was
a brutal homicide committed
with determination and
ruthlessness.
“The manner you committed
it, by your own description,
make it a high level of
exceptional wickedness that it
can only be properly marked
by death sentence,which is the
only sentence I can pass on
you”, Omolaye-Ajileye ruled.
It was gathered that the
convict was charged with
robbery and culpable homicide
contrary to and punishable
under sections 298(a) and
221(a) of the Penal Code to
which he pleaded not guilty.
According to the Police First
Information Report, the accused
Muhammed committed the
offence sometimes in January,
2016 at Kungbani Village in
Kogi Local Government Area.
He was said to have robbed
Tanko Abubakar and his
brother Ibrahim Mohammed
of a Toyota Carina E Wagon
with Registration Number
Niger: BDA 902 AA and later
poisoned, killed and buried
them.
However, he added that the
investigation by the police
led to the discovered of the
plot by SARS, culminating
in the exhumation of the
decomposing bodies of the
victims of his dastard act.

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