Reactions Trail Death Sentence Passed On 5 “Christians” For Killing Herdsman

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A Yola High Court presided over by Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri had last week sentenced five men “believed to be Christians” to death for culpable homicide and for killing a Fulani herdsman.

The convicts, Alex Amos, Alheri Phanuel, Holy Boniface, Jerry Gideon and Jari Sabagi of Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, are going to die by hanging because according to Justice Waziri, they were found guilty of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide which contravened Section 96 (1) (a) and Sections 79 and 221 (b) of the Penal Code of Laws of Adamawa State, 1997.

The convicts were said to have on June 1, 2017 at Kodamun village in Demsa local Government Area willfully and intentionally conspired and attacked three herdsmen rearing cattle, killing one of them, Adamu Buba, whose body they threw into a river and also maimed several cows.

Justice Waziri said the case against the accused persons had been proved beyond reasonable doubt by the counsel to the state, Mr. Salihu Mohammed.

Justice Abdul Azeez ruled that, “I hereby sentence the accused persons on counts one and two to death by hanging, while on counts four and five, I sentence the accused to three years in prison to run concurrently. “Any aggrieved party is at liberty to file an appeal to the Court of Appeal, Yola Judicial Division within 90 days from today.”

Investigation further revealed that the five Christians had suspected attacked late Adamu Buba who was one of the ring leaders who attacked their village in 2016 and killed 48 persons.

Meanwhile several social media users in Nigeria, including the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, have taken Twitter to react to the news.

”The jihadists who killed the RCCG Evangelist for preaching in Abuja were set free.The ones who killed Bridget,the Deeper Life Pastor’s wife in Kano were set free.

”No Fulani terrorist has been reprimanded or jailed for killing more than 5,300 Christians in 2018 alone.

”Meanwhile 5 Christians of the Numan tribe have been sentenced to death by a Fulani Judge in Adamawa for defending themselves against a Fulani terrorist.

”Do non-Fulani lives not matter as well? Is Nigeria now an apartheid state where the Fulani are above the law?” Fani-Kayode tweeted.

While some have called on the vice president, who is a Christian to mediate, others are in doubt over the authenticity of the judgment, arguing further that self-defense is recognised by the Nigerian law.

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