By Emmanuel Elijah
A 70-year-old farmer, Aerkera Ashwa of Ageba village at Taraku in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State was on Monday, arraigned before a Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court, charged with criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.
Prosecuting officer, Asp Hyacinth Gbakor told the court that on the 25th June, 2019 one Ukeyima Patrick of the primary health care center at Taraku in Gwer East LGA, came to the police station and reported that on the same date, his elder brother, Mr Atserhegh Amo led a delegation to the house of Aerkera Ashwa for a peace talk and in the process, the said Aerkera Ashwa conspired with Aerkera Terzungwe, Utser Aondowase and livestock members whose names are yet unknown but are said to be security guards of Aerkera Ashwa and beheaded Atserkegh Amo after which they dumped his corpse behind the compound.
The prosecutor stated that during police investigation, the suspects, Aerkera Terzungwe and Richard Ahula all of Tse-Agom were arrested for committing the crime while others are still at large.
When the case came up for mention, no plea was taken for want of jurisdiction while prosecutor said investigation was still ongoing and asked for another date.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Vincent Kor Esq ordered that the accused be remanded at the Correctional Center in Makurdi and adjourned the case to October 30, 2020 for further mention.