Hunter mistakes man for antelope, shoots him dead in Ogun

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BY DAUD  OLATUNJI

ABEOKUTA — A 40-year-old hunter, Oguntola Joel, was yesterday arraigned before an Abeokuta magistrate’s court sitting in Isabo for allegedly shooting dead one Obasi John  while pursuing an antelope in the bush.

The prosecutor, Inspector Augustine Ozimini, told the court that Joel committed the murder on March 28, in a farm at Orile-Ilugun, Abeokuta while on hunting expedition.

He said that the offence  was contrary to section  316(1) of the criminal code laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.
But the accused denied that he deliberately killed the man, saying he went to his farm to hunt as usual on the fateful day  when he saw an antelope and shot towards the direction of the animal, but surprisingly, he heard the groan of a human being.

According to him, I  went to the police station  to report  the matter  and I later  took the man to hospital  for treatment but he died the following day.
“I did not shoot him intentionally, I was running after  an antelope not a human being,” he said.

The magistrate, Emmanuel Adekunte, who did not take the plea of  the accused  due to the nature of the charge, remanded  the accused  in prison custody  and adjourned the case till July 11, 2014, pending  the advice of the  Director Public  Prosecution, DPP.

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