One Abubakar Heri was arraigned yesterday by a magistrate court sitting in Ilorin for allegedly cutting off right hand of a farmer, Laide Dauda of Kaiama Local Government, Kwara State.
He was dragged to court for the attendance culpable homicide and causing grievous hurt contrary to section 230 & 248 of Penal Code Law.
According to the First Information Report (FIR) obtained from the court by this medium, the incident was reported to the Commissioner of Police through a petition letter by brother of the victim.
FIR further stated that the victim met some herdsmen on his farm who were harvesting his yams to feed their hungry animals; an action which made him challenge them.
“When he challenged them, one of the ‘Bororos’ immediately drew his cutlass and matcheted him, (the victim), in the process, his right hand was cut off and the left hand was terribly injured,” it revealed.
It added that Dauda was rushed to the Unilorin Teaching Hospital for intensive treatment.
The FIR also disclosed that the raid by the police officers and some vigilantes at the scene of the incident on 9th April, 2017 led to the arrest of one Abubakar Heri, Ali Mohammed and Abdullahi Abubakar who were found grazing their cattle there.
However, among the three suspected who were arrested, Abubakar Heri was later identified by the victim as perpetrator of the act.
Meanwhile, Inspector David Wodi who prosecuted the accused prayed the court to remand the suspect in prison while his trial last.
But, counsel to the accused, Barrister A.A Abdulraheem made an application for bail which the court refused.
In the ruling magistrate Ndakene Abubakar Muhammed, remanded the accused in Federal Prison, Mandala while the case was adjourned to 8th May, 2017.
Recall that this medium had reported the incident with the name Olaide Yahya as the victim.
The earlier report stated that the victim had gone to the farm with his wife, who was simply identified as Balikis on the day of the incident.
According to Balikis, Yahya discovered cattle encroaching on his farm land and eating his produce. He also noticed a herdsman harvesting his yam to feed his animals, an action which made him appeal to the Fulani man to stop the act.
“We were working on the farm when my husband went to check the other side of the farm and realised that a Fulani herdsman was harvesting our yam, when he (my husband) asked him to stop harvesting our produce, the man attacked him aggressively and raised his cutlass to hit him on the head.
“It was in an attempt to block the cutlass that my husband’s right hand was cut off and it fell to the ground. The herdsman took to his heels after committing the crime,” Balikis disclosed, adding that her husband had no intention to fight the herdsman.
Balikis also added then that, her husband was quickly rushed home before he was taken to Arewa Hospital in Ilorin for medical attention.
According to the victim’s uncle, the incident was reported at the state police headquarters.