A Katsina State Magistrates’ Court has remanded five persons in police custody, over criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and culpable homicide.
The male suspects comprising Dikko Rabo, 30; Haruna Labo, 40; Ibrahim Rabo,20; Badamosi Rabo, 27; and Jibro Dikko, 20, are residents of Gafdama village in the Dutsinma Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The presiding magistrate,
Magistrate Hajiya Faleelat Dikko, presiding over the case made the remand order on Thursday.
The police had informed the court that the suspects allegedly assault one Mohammed Abdulsalam with machetes and sticks while he returned from the market on January 13, 2018, during which the victim was also robbed of an undisclosed sum.
The unsuspecting victim sustained injuries which resulted in his death.
Following Abdulsalam’s death his friend, Saidu Amadu, report the incident to the police
The police stated that Amadu reported that he and late Abdulsalam were returning from Charanchi Market on their motorcycle when the accused allegedly ambushed them along Gidan Kari/Iluki Road.
The prosecutor, Inspector Sani Ado, said, “The hoodlums cut the said Mohammed Abdulsalam with machetes on his head and robbed him of unspecified amount of money. The victim was rushed to the General Hospital, Dutsinma and later died while on admission.”
“The footprints of the fleeing culprits were traced,followed and led to the house of the accused persons.”
Also, A blood-stained stick, pieces of cloth, cut off from the deceased trousers, a woven cap and a pair of slippers also belonging to him, were said to have been recovered from the accused persons’ house.
Ado told the court that the offence was contrary to sections 6b and 1(2)(a)(b) of the Robbery and Firearms Special Provision Act ,Cap R .11LFN,2004 and Section 221 of the Penal Code.
He stated that investigation was still in progress and pleaded for an adjournment and also requested that the accused be remanded in the police custody.