A High Court in Jos, Plateau State, has ordered the remand of a 25-year-old man for the murder of his brother at a detention facility.
Atagan Danladi, the defendant, is accused of beheading his brother after accusing him of employing witchcraft to kill their father.
Danladi, who lives in Bomo village in Plateau’s Bassa Local Government Area, was charged with culpable homicide by the police.
The matter was adjourned until November 16 by Justice Arum Ashoms, who issued the order on Tuesday, October 12.
The defendant entered a not guilty plea.
Mr Luka Pam, the prosecutor’s counsel, told the court earlier that the defendant stabbed and beheaded his brother.
He claimed the offense was in violation of Section 221 of the Penal Code, which carries a death penalty if convicted.
The defendant said he killed his brother, Timothy, after confessing to killing their father through witchcraft in a statement to the police that was made accessible to the court.
“In December 2020, our father became ill and was admitted to the hospital. After a while, he died, and my late brother abandoned the house when he learned of his death. He returned the next day, tortured and interrogated, and confessed to the murders of our father and niece. I was incensed and dismayed that he could do such a thing. I took a knife and stabbed him, then cut his head when he fell.”