Crime Watch

Two men sent to jail for killing friend over bags of rice

A Magistrate’s Court in Yaba, Lagos State has remanded two friends, Noah Tovohome and Rajay Zannu, in prison for allegedly killing their friend.

The two suspects were said to have plotted to kill a man known as Segun Zusu over 36 bags of rice and eventually carried out the criminal act.

Tovohome and Zannu was arraigned before Magistrate Linda Balogun on Tuesday on two count-charge bordering on murder.

The police prosecutor, Chekwube Okeh told the court that the defendants plotted with a boat driver who was conveying Zusu’s goods from Seme to kill him and steal the bags of rice.

On the agreed day, they intercepted the boat around 2 am at Novo River in Seme, used a plank to beat Zusu up, and threw him inside the river. They thereafter carried the bags of rice to Badagry and sold them for about N1.4m to a businesswoman.

The prosecutor said the accused committed the offence on November 12, 2023, it violates Section 222 and Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

The charge sheet read partly; “That you, Noah Tovohome, 27, Rajay Zannu, 38 and others at large, on November 12, 2023, around 2 am, at Novo River, Seme, Lagos State, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill one 26-year-old Segun Zusu, by hitting a plank on his head and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 222 and punishable under Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.”

Okeh prayed the court to remand the duo to a correctional centre pending the outcome of legal advice from the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, DPP.

The Magistrate ordered that the defendants be remanded to the Kirikiri Correctional Centre in Lagos state. Balogun adjourned the case till January 22.