Court remands three farm workers for murder

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By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara

A Kwara State Magistrates’ court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday remanded three suspected farm workers in custody for allegedly killing their boss, Jamiu Ibrahim, 45, during an armed robbery operation.

The suspects, Isiaka Sabi, Hassan Bature and Ardo Umaru on June 29, 2022 allegedly conspired and killed Ibrahim of Idofin Odo-Ashe, Oke-Ero Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that Isiaka Sabi was an employee of the deceased. 

Police First Information Report (FIR) revealed that the case was transferred from Oke Ero Divisional Police Headquarters, Ilofa to the Criminal Investigation Department, Ilorin for discreet investigation on July 7, 2022.

The FIR added that one Jamiu Abdulrauf of Ita Asalapa Isale Banni Aloore, Ilorin reported the case at the Oke-Ero police station. 

Abdulrauf told the police that at about midnight on the said date, five gunmen invaded Asalapa farm settlement and took Jamiu Ibrahim out of his room into a guinea corn farm behind his house where he was shot dead. 

FIR report revealed that the suspects killed Ibrahim for refusing to give them money.

“Concerted effort of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) Oke-Ero led to the arrest of one Isiaka Sabi, Bature Hassan and Umaru Ardo of different farm settlements in Idofin Odo Ashe, who were fingered in the killing of Jamiu Ibrahim. 

“During discreet investigation conducted at SCID Ilorin, it was revealed that Sabi Isiaka, who was a labourer working for the deceased, invited one Hassan Bature and Umaru Ardo of different farm settlements and planned robbing Ibrahirm Jamiu on July 26 but executed the plan of attacking Ibrahim Jamiu on 29/6/2022. 

“During discreet investigation, Sabi Isiaka confessed to have conspired with one Bature Hassan, Umaru Ardo, Janyo Dogo and Ahiyah (at large) to rob the deceased,” the report said.

The police report added that the defendants and the two at large attacked the deceased with guns and cutlasses.

At the hearing of the case on Thursday, Police Prosecutor, Thomas Adebayo, urged the court to remand the suspects in prison for 21 days pending the outcome of their investigation.

“We are still investigating the case. Efforts are still on towards arresting the remaining suspects at large by the police authorities. However, we pray the court to remand the defendants in Oke-Kura Correctional Facility, Ilorin.

“Our prayers are in line with Section 299 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Kwara State 2018. We have nine grounds to support our application, supported also by nine paragraphs affidavit dated July 22, 2022 and deposed to by Inspector Mohammed Kamaldeen of the state CID, Ilorin, Kwara State.

“The state Attorney General is fully aware of the case because the duplicate of case file had been forwarded to the justice ministry via a letter dated July 22nd, 2022.

“The receipt copy from the letter is evident having formed part of the evidence in this case. We have not in any way infringed on the fundamental human rights of the defendants,” he said.

In her ruling, Magistrate A. Mogaji, remanded the suspects at the Oke-Kura Correctional Facility.

She then adjourned the case to September 1, 2022 for mention.

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