A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Makurdi, the Bnue State capital on Wednesday, February 17, ordered that Jeremiah Nnamdi, a student of the Federal University of Agriculture (UAM) be remanded in prison for killing a lecturer, Dr. Karl Kwaghger.
Recall that news broke out that Dr. Kwaghger, an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering department of same institution, was killed at the premises of the JS Tarka Foundation in Makurdi on Saturday, November 28, 2020.
The arrested attested to the crime and further disclosed that his initial intention was to scare the victim with a make believe gun and rob him of his car but he ended up killing him because he tried to resist.
The police arrained Jeremiah in court on grounds of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable under sections 6(b), 1(1)(2)(a)(b) of the Robbery and Firearms Act, 2004 and 222 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue, 2004.
When the case was brought forward, Chief Magistrate Vincent Kor, did not take the plea of Nnamdi for want of jurisdiction.
Kor immediately ordered the defendant be kept in Correctional Service Centre, Makurdi. He also directed the police to return the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.
He went on to adjourn the matter until April 5, 2021 for further trial.
Before now, the prosecution counsel, Sgt Friday Kanshio prayed the court that Mr Victor Hemba, the Managing Director of JS Tarkaa Foundation, Makurdi reported the case at the ‘B’ Division Police Station, Makurdi on Nov. 28, 2020.
He said the security supervisor discovered a corpse by the gate of the foundation, adding that the corpse was that of Dr Karl Kwagher, a lecturer at the University of Agriculture, Makurdi.
The prosecution said during the process of investigation, Nnamdi, was nabbed in Abuja where he went to sell the car stolen from the deceased.
He said Nnamdi confessed to the crime and told police detectives that his initial plan was to scare the victim with a make-believe gun and rob him of his Toyota Venza with registration number RSH 746 NY.
He said Nnamdi confessed that he committed the crime along with one Osinachi Michael, who at the moment is at large.