Crime Watch

Adamawa: Two brothers allegedly kill their father for practicing witchcraft

The Jimeta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Yola, Adamawa state, has ordered the remand of two brothers over the alleged murder of their father, Ibrahim Yusuf-Kwada, 85.

The defendants, Ibrahim Yusuf, 62 and Samaila Yusuf, 48, of Zah village in Michika Local Government Area, were arraigned before Chief Magistrate, Bilikisu Tijani on Wednesday, on two count charge of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.

Prosecution Counsel, ASP Ezra Bulus told the court that the complainant, Amina Ibrahim, of Zah village, Michika LGA, daughter of the deceased, reported the matter at the police station on July 1, at 10:00 a.m.

According to Bulus, the complainant reported that her brothers allegedly conspired and killed their 85-year-old father on June 9 and dumped his corpse in the bush.

The prosecutor said the alleged offences were grievous crimes which required legal advice from the DPP and prayed the court to adjourn the matter until July 30.

He stated that the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 160 and 191 of the Penal Code Law of Adamawa 2018.

When asked by the Chief Magistrate whether the allegations against them were true, the defendants, who had no legal representation in court, admitted to the commission of the crime.

”Truly we killed our father. We led him into the bush and while there we hit his head with a big stick and he died. We decided to kill him because he used diabolic ways to kill six of his grandchildren in the family.

He also killed some people in our community. Everyone is speaking ill of our family; they call him a witch and we can’t stand the shame and hurt he has brought upon us,” the older of the siblings said.

The Magistrate who did not take the plea of the defendants because of lack of jurisdiction, ordered their remand in the correctional centre.

Yusuf directed that the case file be duplicated and a copy sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice. He subsequently adjourned the case to July 30 for mention.

“This case has been adjourned to July 30, to enable the police to finish their investigation and to forward the case file to the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP)for legal advice,” he said.