Five men allegedly kidnapped and stoned a 70-year-old man to death in Kano.
The accused: Wada Mohammed, 30, Ya’u Muhammad, 22, Musa Inusa, 35, Sale Buba, 27, and Sule Garba, 45, were on Tuesday remanded in prison by a senior Magistrate’s Court in the northern city.
The five men are facing a five-count of criminal conspiracy, hostage taking, armed robbery, culpable homicide and being in possession of firearms.
NAN reports that their victim, Usman Danbuba, was kidnapped on May 18 in Doguwa Local Government Area of the state.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Yusuf Sale, told the court that the accused, including one Iliyasu Moshede, now at large, attacked the victim with an AK 47 rifle, cutlasses and knives at home on May 18.
He said they kidnapped and robbed the victim of N85, 000 and a motorcycle.
“After kidnapping the victim, the accused took him to their hideout at Shetu Hills in Falgore Forest in Kano and demanded N5m ransom from his family,” the prosecutor said.
He added that when the family could not provide the money, the defendants stoned Danbuba to death on May 22.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 97, 17, 15 of Terrorism Prevention Act 2013 and the Robbery and Firearms Special Provisions Act Cap 221 of the Penal Code.
The Senior Magistrate, Aminu Fagge, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison and adjourned the case until October 23 for mention.