Justice Waziri of the Yola High Court this morning sentenced five persons to death by hanging for the murder of a herdsman, Adamu, in Demsa Local Government in Adamawa.
Justice Waziri ruled that Alex Amos, Alheri Phanuel, Holy Boniface, Jerry Gideon and Jari Sabagi of Demsa local government area were guilty of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.
The five men were said to have attacked a group of herdsmen in January 2017, killed the deceased, threw his body in the river and also injured as many cows as they could in Kadamun village.
Justice Waziri held that the prosecution counsel Barristar Salihu Muhammad has proved the case against the five convicts beyond reasonable doubt. He said the offence had contravened section 96 (1) (a) and sections 79 and 221 (b) of the penal code.
“I hereby sentenced the accused persons on counts one and two to death by hanging while on counts four and five; I sentenced the accused to three years in prison to run concurrently. Any aggrieved party is at liberty to file an appeal to the Court of Appeal Yola Judicial Division within 90 days from today,” the judge said