On Thursday, a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Makurdi directed the remand of Terwase Ude, a 41-year-old carpenter, to the Nigeria Correctional Service Centre in Makurdi. This action follows allegations that Ude beat Teryila Aperegh to death.
Ude who lives at Central Deke village in Konshisha Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State, was charged with criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.
However, the Chief Magistrate, Mr Kelvin Mbanongun did not take his plea for want of jurisdiction.
Mbanongun adjourned the matter until Jan. 30, 2024 for further mention.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Godwin Ato told the court that the case was transferred from the Divisional Police Headquarter, Tse-Agberagba in Konshisha LGA to the State CID, Makurdi on Nov 22via a letter.
Ato said the letter stated that on Nov. 16, information was received by the police that Ude, who was the youth leader of the Central Deke village, had conspired with some of youths to kill a man.
Ato said the defendant was said to have conspired with Saater Mzahan, Udo Agber, Aondowase Tsekan and others at large to accuse the deceased of stealing yams and subsequently beat him to death using sticks, cable wires and other dangerous weapons.
The prosecutor said the defendant was arrested during police investigation, while others were still at large.
He said the offences contravened sections 97 and 222 of the Penal Code, Laws of Benue, 2004.