Court jails Adamawa man 21 years for murder

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The Adamawa State High Court has sentenced a man who killed another man to 21 years in prison in Ganye.

Nuhu Pius, the convict, was found guilty of killing Gabriel Solomon. Gabriel had attempted to break up a fight between Nuhu and a neighbour.

The convict was found guilty on a one-count charge of culpable homicide and sentenced by Justice Maxwell Pukuma on Wednesday.

The prosecution had earlier told the court that Nuhu Pius, 32, had, on December 7, 2019, at a tea joint in Trigali village, Ganye LGA, caused Gabriel Solomon’s death by stabbing him with a knife.

Solomon accidentally hit Pius with a stick when he was trying to stop the fight between him and Wari, the prosecution explained. Pius, reacting violently, stabbed Solomon in the chest with a knife, causing him to bleed to death.

The convict’s counsel, Oliver Obidah, had pleaded for leniency, pointing out that he was a first-time offender.

Delivering his judgement, Justice Pukuma held that the prosecution proved its case against Nuhu Pius as provided by law and therefore found him guilty as charged.

He ordered the sentence to start running from the day of the convict’s remand.

Pius pleaded not guilty last year on April 14, leading to four witnesses being called.

Reacting to the judgement, the defence counsel, Obidah, said he would consult Pius to see whether they would head to the Court of Appeal.

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