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Dad remanded for allegedly poisoning own son

MAKURDI — A 21-year-old man, John Terver, has been arrested and remanded  in Makurdi for allegedly poisoning the food of his three-year-old son, Aondoyima Terver, which led to the death of the toddler.

Terver, an automobile panel beater, hails from Zaki Biam in  Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.

Arraigning the suspect at a Makurdi Magistrate’s Court, the police prosecutor, Patrick Sunday, informed the court that one Samuel Tihi had on  May 30, 2013 reported to the police in Zaki Biam that the accused allegedly gave the deceased a poisonous substance suspected to be a local insecticide known as wiper which led to his death.

He explained that following police investigation, the accused was arrested and charged to court for culpable homicide.

No plea was taken for want of jurisdiction. However, the prosecutor informed the court that investigation into the matter was in progress and asked for another date for hearing.

In her ruling, the trial magistrate, Mrs. Lillian Tsumba, ordered that the accused be remanded in the Makurdi Federal Prison and adjourned the case to July 23, 2013.



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