A Fulani cattle herder, Iliasu Abubakar, was on Thursday arraigned before an Ilorin Magistrate Court in Kwara State for killing his brother, Issah, for allegedly having an amorous affair with his wife.
The incident took place in Gwanara, Baruten Local Government Area of the state.
Iliasu, who is standing trial for culpable homicide, was ordered by Magistrate Jumoke Bamigboye to be remanded at the Federal Correctional Centre, Ilorin.
The offence, according to the police prosecutor, is contrary to Section 221 of the Penal Code Law.
One Umaru Abubakar of Budo-Aiki, Fulani camp, via Gwanara, was said to have reported the incident at the community police post, from where it was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Ilorin, for discreet investigation.
According to Umaru, who is the father of the two brothers, he had gone to the camp of his sons but found no one around except for the cattle.
He said after searching the camp, he found Isah’s corpse, with machete cuts on his neck, but his brother was nowhere to be found.
Illiasu was discovered to have fled to Oyo State after killing his brother, from where he was arrested.
Iliasu reportedly confessed to the police that he dealt his brother machete blows for having an illicit affair with his wife, adding that the deceased had once confessed to him that he fathered the three-year-old child his wife was nursing.
The suspect said he had warned the deceased on several occasions to stop the affair with his wife but he did not heed the warning, hence, Iliasu attacked him.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Sanni Abdullah, prayed the court to remand Iliasu in a correctional centre.
According to Sanni, the offence could not be tried at the magistrates’ court hence the need to remand the suspect till the matter would be transferred to the appropriate court for hearing.
Magistrate Bamigboye, who conceded to the prayers of the prosecutor, ordered the remand of the accused person and adjourned the matter till November 26, 2019.
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