Man in Court for Allegedly Killing Another over Stick of Cigarette

An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Thursday ordered the remand of one Alli Mustapha, 42, in custody at the Ikoyi Prisons, for allegedly killing another over a disagreement on a stick of cigarette.

The accused who resides at No. 5, Imope Compound, Ikotun, a suburb of Lagos, is facing trial on a charge bordering on unlawful killing.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Iyobosa Onaiwu, told the court that the accused committed the offence on March 7,at No. 5, Imope Compound, Ikotun.

Onaiwu told the court that the accused hit one Idowu Maliki on his head with a plank, which led him to slump, but was confirmed dead after he was rushed to a hospital.

“Maliki had gone to buy a stick of cigarette from Mustapha and refused to pay. However, Mustapha refused to sell another stick of cigarette to Maliki, when he came back.

“In annoyance, the duo engaged themselves in a free-for-all, during which Mustapha picked up a huge plank and hit it on Maliki’s head,” he said.

He said that the offence contravened Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 221 prescribes life imprisonment for offenders.

The plea of the accused was, however, not taken.

The magistrate, Mr F.J. Adefioye, ordered that the accused should be remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons.

He adjourned the case till May 25, pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions

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