9th May, 2012
A 38-year-old pregnant woman, Mwuese Manger of Gwer Local Government Area of Benue State in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region, was on Tuesday remanded at the Federal Prisons over the alleged killing of an eight-year-old boy.
The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Michael Ewoh, told the Makurdi Chief Magistrates’ Court that one Akaa Agbe reported at the Divisional Police Headquarters, Aliade, that his son, Aondover Damatim,had been murdered. Ewoh said that Agbe told the police that the accused took the boy, who was staying with his grandmother
in Howe village to the Uloho stream in the same village, killed him and threw his corpse into the stream.
According to the prosecutor, the villagers who mobilised themselves and conducted a search, found his corpse in the stream. He said that the accused was arrested and during police investigation, she admitted committing the crime, which contravened Section 222 of the Penal Code.
The accused’s plea, was however, not taken for lack of jurisdiction.
The prosecution asked for another date, saying that investigation was still in progress.The Chief Magistrate, Dan Ogo, adjourned the matter till May 16 for further mention.
Meanwhile, the accused, who spoke after the court session, said she did not kill the boy. She said that the police forced her to admit to the crime.
She, however, admitted that she went to the stream with the deceased but left him there after fetching her own water.
“Why would anyone accuse me of killing the boy when I have no reason to do so? Manger asked.’’