A 38-year-old man, Idowu Ajewole, has been remanded in prison custody by a Magistrate’s Court in Akure, the Ondo State capital for allegedly killing his former neighbour, Monday Bassey (28), over a missing chicken.
According to The Nation, The accused was alleged to have killed Bassey at 3pm on December 12, last year.
It was gathered that a disagreement ensued between the duo, who were flatmates, at Adebowole Street, Oke-Aro in Akure, when Ajewole allegedly found some of his missing chicken’s feathers in Bassey’s belongings when they were packing out of the house.
Ajewole, who informed the police about the theft, allegedly killed Bassey when he pushed him into the police van.
Police prosecutor Pelumi Adejuwon alleged that the suspect made the deceased hit his head on the floor as he pushed him inside the police vehicle. Adejuwon concurred that Bassey died as a result of an injury he sustained when he fell.
He told the court that Ajewole’s action was responsible for the victim’s death.
The prosecutor noted that the offence is contrary to and punishable under Section 316 and 319 of the Criminal Code.
Adejuwon prayed the court for adjournment of the case to enable him send the duplicate of the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution.
He urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody, pending the out come of the advice from the office of the DPP.
Ajewole’s counsel A.K .Adewusi said he was not opposing the adjournment due to the nature of the charge.
The magistrate, Sunday Adedapo, ordered that the accused be remanded in Olokuta Prison, pending the outcome of the legal advice.
The case was later adjourned till January 28.