A magistrate court in Minna has ordered the remand of four people for alleged culpable homicide.

Muazu Ishaku, 20; Bulus Sule, 35; Doris Terem, 40 and Joy Bem, 28, were docked on two count charge of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.

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The police prosecutor, Insp. Ahmed Saidu, had told the court that one Abdullahi Saleh of Kafin Koro in Paikoro Local Government Area reported the matter on Feb. 11.

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Saidu said the complainant alleged that the accused persons attacked his 20-year-old son for allegedly committing an offence of theft at a hotel in Kafin Koro.

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According to him, they were said to have beaten the man into a state of coma, and that he later died while receiving treatment in a hospital.

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He said the offences contravened sections 97 and 226 of the penal code law.

When the charges were read to the accused, they all pleaded not guilty.

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The magistrate, Mariam Kings, however, declined to take their plea on the grounds that her court lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter.

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Kings ordered the police to forward the case file to the State Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice and adjourned the matter until March 13 for further mention. (NAN)

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