Muhammadu Abubakar, a 33-year-old herdsman, was sentenced to life in prison by an Ekiti State High Court in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday. On two counts of attempted murder and unlawful possession of firearms, he was prosecuted and found guilty.
The charge against him read in part; “On April 9, 2019, at Aba Cotonou, Omu Ekiti, in the Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, the defendant did attempt to murder one Chief Samuel Amaa and others. Found in his possession were a gun and cartridges on the same day.”
The Prosecutor, Officer Taiwo Ajibulu, informed the court that the offenses were contrary to and punishable under Section 320 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C16 Laws of Ekiti State, 2012, and Section 3 (1) of the Robbery and Firearms
The Police Prosecutor invited four witnesses to testify before the court, one of whom said: “The defendant was challenged while grazing on the cassava farm; he was angry for being questioned. He pulled out his gun and fired at the people who challenged him, but they were fortunate the bullets missed them. He was later overpowered by residents while trying to escape, following which he was handed over to the Police.”
One firearm, live cartridges, and others were tendered before the Court as evidence to the jury led by Justice Adekunle Adeleye as Judge.
In his final verdict, the Judge sentenced the defendant to life imprisonment and 10 years imprisonment on counts one and two respectively.