A High Court in Kano State has convicted and sentenced five members of a vigilante group to death by hanging over the death of a 17-year-old boy identified as Ahmad Musa.
Chief Judge of the state convicted the five of them on Thursday, January 25, over the incident which happened at Sabon Titin Panshekara area of Kano State.
The five convicts namely, Emmanuel Korau, Elisha Ayuba, Irimiya Timothy, Auwalu Jafar and Mustapha Haladu, were arraigned before the court over for murder.
The prosecution counsel, Barrister Lamido Soron-Dinki told the court that that on January 22, 2022, the convicts attached to Sani Abacha Youth Centre, conspired and attacked the late Ahmad Musa while he was crossing Sabon Titi, Panshekara Road, Kumbotso LGA of the state, at about 10am.
According to Lamido; “The defendants came out from a tricycle and started beating the deceased with a long wooden hard stick (club), in the process, the deceased held the stick, and as a result, he sustained grievous injuries which led to his death.”
He said the vigilantes used a long stick (gora) with which they beat the deceased to a pulp and then the first defendant used a knife to stab the deceased on his neck.
They later took the teen’s corpse in a tricycle to their office. The deceased was later taken to Kuntau Police Division from where he was rushed to a hospital. He was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.
The prosecutor presented five witnesses to the court and said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 97 and 221(b) of the Penal Code. But the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Judge, Justice Dije Aboki held that the prosecution counsel proved his case beyond reasonable doubt, hence he sentenced the five defendants accordingly.