21st March, 2011
The suspected killer of a recharge card seller, Mohammed Sani Alasan, a cart pusher, has been arraigned before an Ebute-Meta Chief Magistrateâ€™s Court, Ebute-Meta, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.
Mohammed was arraigned by detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos State, on a one-count charge of murder, which according to the prosecutor, Mr. Emmanuel Ajayi, is punishable under Section 319(I) of the Criminal Code, Cap.C.17, Vol. II, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.
The charge against him reads: â€œThat you, Mohammed Sani Alasan on 18 February, 2011, under the pedestrian bridge, Ketu, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District did unlawfully kill one John Nwabale by stabbing him with a kitchen knife and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 319(i) of the Criminal Code, Cap.C.17, Vol. II, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.
He pleaded not guilty and the presiding magistrate, Mrs. Kemi Doja-Ojo ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody.
The case has been adjourned till 28 March, 2011, for trial.
The accused had on 18 February, 2011, stabbed the deceased and two other persons whose names were given as Marvelous Akibo, 25 and Charlotte Philip, during a fight under the pedestrian bridge at Ketu.
A senior police officer at Ketu Police Division told P.M.NEWS that the cart pusher took the action after he had consumed the local gin, popularly called Ogogoro.
He was later arrested and detained at the police station, while the wounded were treated at a private hospital. The deceased was taken to his home town in Ebonyi State for burial.