By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Trial Judge, Dorcas S. Atung, Esq. of the Upper Customary Court Kakuri has sentenced a suspect, one Bala Mohammed who pleaded guilty to two count charges leveled against him to two calendar years in prison for offences relating to witch craft and impersonation under Sections 142 and 185 of Kaduna State Penal Code Law 2017.
According to a statement signed by the Executive Public Relations Officer (EPRO) Tsaunin Kura Residents Association (Sabo GRA), Okpani Jacob Onjewu Dickson, made available on Monday November 9, 2020, the defendant was however, given an option of fine of N30,000 on each of the two count charges.
Before his conviction, the suspect, Bala Mohammed pleaded guilty to the charges leveled against him before a Upper Customary Court Kakuri for alleged offences of impersonation and offences related to witchcraft.
It would be recalled that on the August 16, 2020 one Bala Mohammed on board a new tricycle came to Sabon Tasha GRA community and fetched soil in a nylon bag.
Being a strange face in the community, an elder and community leader, Mr. Jonah made inquiry to the said Bala of which he did not understand the explanation and he took him to the Sabon Tasha Police Station and lodged a complaint.
The said Bala Mohammed was investigated by the Police who lied to them that he was a staff of Ministry of Environment Kaduna and that the soil sample was for the ministry to know the soil texture to enable it in road construction in the GRA community.
Further investigations revealed that Bala Mohammed impersonated being a staff of Ministry of Environment Kaduna State and he confessed to taking the soil sample for diabolism and charms.
Upon the completion of investigation, the police arrainged him on Wednesday August 26, 2020 before Upper Customary Court Kakuri for alleged offences of impersonation and offences relating to witch craft under Sections 142 and 185 of Kaduna State Penal Code Law 2017 and the Defendant pleaded guilty to all the offences.
He was therefore, found guilty and sentenced on Thursday November 5, 2020.