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“Sentencing Him To Death Will End His Generation”, Lawyer Pleads For Man Who Killed His Brother

Ilorin High Court has sentenced a 21-year-old man, Shefiu Abubakar to 10 years imprisonment for killing his brother, Babuga Abubakar with firewood

The prosecutor had informed the court that Abubakar committed the crime in Dona Dogo, Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State on suspicion that Babuga was having an affair with his wife.

In his judgment Justice Durosinlohun Kawu, stated that sometime in 2015, the convict went to his elder brother’s house after reporting at the Police that the latter was dating his wife.

The Judge added that Abubakar called his brother out from his house and hit him on the head with a wood, which resulted in his death on the spot.

But, in his reaction, the accused told the court that he didn’t intentionally kill his brother, saying “I did not intend to use the stick to kill him, but to defend myself.”

However, the prosecutor proved his case beyond reasonable doubt and established the case of culpable homicide against the convict.

He said Abubakar used the stick “to hit his brother on the head, not considering the consequence of his action, hence, he killed Babuga.”

He said the argument that the convict killed the deceased in self-defence is therefore not justified.

In an interlocutory appeal through his counsel, Barrister Yusuf Gbajumo, the convict pleaded with the judge to temper judgement with mercy.

Gbajumo submitted that the convict is the breadwinner of his family, pleading that the court should be considerate with the judgment.

“The convict has not got any successor, sentencing him to death will mark the end of his generation”, he pleaded.

After considerations, Justice Kawu sentenced Abubakar to 10 years in imprisonment.

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