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Court remands applicant, 30, for alleged killing 70-year-old man

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The Makurdi Magistrate’s Court on Friday ordered the preventive detention of an applicant, Aondona Akula, in a correctional center for allegedly killing a 70-yearold man, Mr. Tyav Azembe, with a match.

Akula, 30, who lives in Tse-Agir, Austoma settlement in Gwer-East Benue local government area, is being charged with manslaughter.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Chief Magistrate, Mr. Vincent Kor, did not accept Akula’s statement for lack of jurisdiction.

Kor deferred the matter to June 21, for further mention.

Earlier, the attorney for the prosecution, Insp. Godwin Ato, had told the court that on April 29, the matter was transferred from the Aliade Police Division Headquarters to the state CID unit in Makurdi.

Ato said that a certain Patrick Hungul had reported the case to the Aliade police station.

He said Akula attacked the victim on April 6 on a brush path with a cutlass, hitting him multiple times in the head, face and neck with the cutlass handle until he collapsed.

The lawyer further said that Azembe later died on April 13 while receiving treatment at a hospital.

According to him, the offense contravenes the provisions of Section 222 of the Penal Code, Benue Laws, 2004.

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