A magistrate court in Markurdi has ordered the remand of Jamilu Lawal in prison for alleged attempted culpable homicide. 


Lawal, a fashion designer who resides in Wadata, Makurdi, was also accused of “belonging to an unlawful society”.

NAN reports that on Thursday, Cynthia Ikpe, the presiding judge, ordered the remand of the defendant at the Makurdi correctional centre.

Inedu Friday, the prosecutor, told the court that the case was reported by one Yusuf Isah, who resides in Benue Crescent, Wadata, Makurdi, at the police station on August 21.


Isah was quoted to have said that some young men armed with locally made guns and pistols with the emblem of the black skull confraternity had invaded their community.

The complainant alleged that the armed group began to shoot sporadically, and in the process shot one Rabiu Isah and his friend, Umar Musa.

He said some other persons sustained various degrees of injuries while running to safety.


The prosecutor said the 22-year-old fashion designer was arrested during the police investigation and that his accomplices were still at large.

Friday said Lawal’s actions contravened Sections 97 and 230 of the Penal Code Law of Benue State 2004, Section 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearm (Special Provision) Act 2004.

The prosecutor also said Lawal’s offense contravenes Section 1(2) of the Abduction, Hostage-taking, kidnapping, Secret cult and Similar Activities (Prohibition) Law 2017.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.


In her verdict, Ikpe held that the defendant be remanded till September 25, pending further investigations.

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