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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

News Africa: Man bags 4years jail term for chopping off neighbour’s hand


Man bags 4years jail term for chopping off neighbour’s hand
A magistrate court sitting in Lugbe, Abuja has sentenced a man, Suleiman Ayuba, a resident of Aso Sabo Lugbe Airport Road, Abuja, to four years imprisonment for chopping off a neighbour’s hand.
This was following the altercation that ensued between Ayuba and two other men, Suleiman Zakari and Iliyasu Abdullahi, who were arrested two weeks ago and taken to Lugbe Police Station after engaging in a public fight around 9p.m on February 2, 2019.
However, woman allegedly identified as the peacemaker, Rakiya who had mediated in the fight was reportedly cut with a cutlass by Abdullahi. Furious Ayuba then used the same cutlass to cut off Iliyasu Abdullahi’s hand.
The Lugbe Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, heard on Tuesday that as a result, Abdullahi sustained grievous hurt and was rushed to the hospital.
Police prosecutor Mrs Ukoha Ndidi said that the men couldn’t give a satisfactory account of their fight during interrogation.
The Magistrate, Idharhi Samuel, in his judgment, sentenced Ayuba to four years imprisonment without an option of fine.
Samuel ordered that the convict should be taken to Kuje Prisons where he is expected to serve the prison terms.
The magistrate also sentenced Suleiman Zakari to six months imprisonment with an option of N6,000 fine.
He warned the convicts to desist from committing crimes after serving out their punishment.
The magistrate said that the punishment would have been more severe if they had not pleaded guilty and saved the court the pains of prolonged prosecution.
He also ordered the police to bring Abdullahi, whose hand was cut off to the court after his treatment.

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