A Senior Magistrates’ Court in Kano yesterday remanded five persons in custody for the alleged kidnap and murder of a 70-year-old man, Usman Danbuba.

The accused – Wada Mohammed (30); Ya’u Muhammad (22); Musa Inusa (35); Sale Buba (27) and Sule Garba (45) – allegedly kidnapped Danbuba and stoned him to death.

They are facing a five-count charge of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, armed robbery, culpable homicide and illegal possession of firearms.

Danbuba was kidnapped on May 18, in Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State.

Senior Magistrate Aminu Fagge ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case till October 23 for mention.

The Prosecutor, Inspector Yusuf Sale, told the court that the accused, including Iliyasu Moshede, now at large, attacked the victim with an AK 47 rifle, cutlasses and knives at his home on May 18.

They kidnapped and robbed Danbuba of N85, 000 and a motorcycle.

“After kidnapping Danbuba, they took him to their hideout at Shetu Hills in Falgore Forest, and demanded N5 million ransom from his family,” Sale said.

He added that following the failure of the relatives to provide the money, the defendants stoned Danbuba to death on May 22.

Under cross examination, the defendants pleaded not guilty.

According to Sale, the offences contravened Sections 97, 17, 15 of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2013 and the Robbery and Firearms Special Provisions Act Cap 221, of the Penal Code.

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