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Native medicine seller kills man while testing gun charm

By Bashir Bello

KATSINA—A 45-year-old native medicine seller, Usman Saidu of Kakumi village in Bakori Local Government Area of Katsina State was, yesterday, remanded in prison custody over alleged criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.

Saidu’s ordeal was said to have started December 22, 2017, at Gobirawa village in Safana Local Government Area of the state, when he administered a native medicine that he claimed could repel bullets on one Aliyu Yahuza, aged 27.

A Police prosecutor, Inspector Sani Ado, told the court that after Yahuza drank the concoction, a Dane gun was brought to test the efficacy of the medicine on him.

He added that Saidu reportedly fired at Yahuza’s chest, killing him on the spot.

According to Ado, the victim was later taken to General Hospital, Dustinma, where he was confirmed dead by medical doctors, “his corpse photographed and then released to relatives for burial.”

The police prosecutor said Saidu’s offence was contrary to Sections 97 and 222(7) of the Penal Code.

Inspector Ado told the court that investigation was still in progress on the case and requested for an adjournment, which the court granted.

Hajiya Falila Dikko of the Magistrate Court, however, directed that Saidu be remanded in prison custody till February 22.



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