Five Christians have been reportedly sentenced to death by hanging by a Yola High Court presided over by Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri for killing a Fulani herdsman.
The convicts; Alex Amos, Alheri Phanuel, Holy Boniface, Jerry Gideon and Jari Sabagi of Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, were said to have been found guilty of culpable homicid and criminal conspiracy.
The offences contravened Section 96 (1) (a) and Sections 79 and 221 (b) of the Penal Code of Laws of Adamawa State, 1997.
The convicts were said to have on June 1, 2017, at Kodamun village in Demsa local Government Area willfully and intentionally conspired and attacked three herdsmen rearing cattle, killing one of them, Adamu Buba, whose body they threw into a river and also maimed several cows.
Justice Waziri said the case against the accused persons had been proved beyond reasonable doubt by the counsel to the state, Mr. Salihu Mohammed.
In his ruling, Justice Abdul Azeez said: “I hereby sentence the accused persons on counts one and two to death by hanging, while on counts four and five, I sentence 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.”
Investigation further revealed that the five Christians had reportedly attacked late Adamu Buba who was one of the ringleaders who attacked their village in 2016 and killed 48 persons.
As part of their reprisals against Fulani herdsmen who had burnt down their village of Kodamun in which 48 persons were killed, the convicts mobilised and chased Buba to a nearby river and he fell into the river but got drowned as he could not swim.
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