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Adamawa Man Shoots His Stepson To Death For Selling Tramadol

Adamawa Man Shoots His Stepson To Death For Selling Tramadol

Adamawa Man Shoots His Stepson To Death For Selling Tramadol

Adamawa Man Shoots His Stepson To Death For Selling Tramadol

Thomas Ajagu, a local hunter from the Adamawa state’s Toungo local government area, has been remanded in custody for allegedly murdering his stepson, Ushahemba Ajagu, on July 24.

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Police allegedly charged the father of four with murder after Ajagu was shot and died following a heated argument about the sale of tramadol, Indian hemp, gin, and the building of a tent.

Thomas, who entered a guilty plea to the charges of “unlawful possession of a weapon and culpable homicide,” claimed that he killed Ushahemba, a father of two, out of self-defense.

Adamawa Man Shoots His Stepson To Death For Selling Tramadol

While being arraigned before the Chief Magistrate Court I on Wednesday, August 2, the defendant said he was the one who brought up the deceased following the demise of his father, and that he had been having a running battle with him since he grew up and engaged in selling of such illicit substances.

According to Thomas, he warned the deceased on several occasions to the extent of reporting him to the hunters’ union and the police in Toungo for him to stop dealing in illicit substances but to no avail.

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He said upon his return from the farm on that fateful day, he met the deceased in the company of his friends smoking Indian hemp and trying to erect a tent where he will sell the substances.

According to him, he stopped them from erecting the tent, but out of provocation, the deceased entered the house and armed himself with a cutlass, and confronted him in an attempt to attack him. He averred that he accidentally fired a gunshot while trying to defend himself from being hit with the cutlass as a result of which the deceased fell down.

Adamawa Man Shoots His Stepson To Death For Selling Tramadol

The deceased was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.

After the defendant’s plea, the prosecutor, Inspector S.S. Nicholas, informed the court that the investigation had been concluded and that the matter is adjourned to enable them to transmit the case file to DPP for advice.

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The court presided by Chief Magistrate Mohammed Buba, granted the application and adjourned the matter to August 23, 2022. However, he ordered the remand of the defendant at Yola correctional center till the next adjourned date.


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