Chief Magistrate Alhassan Husaini of Lokoja Chief Magistrate Court II gave the order in his ruling on arraignment of the accused, charged with culpable homicide contrary to section 221 of the Penal Code law.
According to the Police First information Report (FIR) read by the prosecuting police officer, C.S. Ayabatu, the incident happened on March 9, and was reported at the ‘B’ Division police station, Lokoja by one Sunday Akande, a neighbor of the accused.
According to the prosecution, Aliyu of Zariagi, Kabba Jubction, Lokoja on the fateful day, had told his wife, Mariatu Akande that he was taking the deceased by to his grandmother in Isanlu, Yagba East Local Government of Kogi.
The prosecution added that Aliyu had claimed that he had a premonition that something was wrong and needed to be corrected spiritually but on their way, the accused was alleged to have struck the boy on the head and killed him.
Ayabatu said he (Aliyu) buried the body of the boy in a shallow grave in a nearby bush and return home only to be haunted by the ghost of the little boy.
The accused who slumped in the dock on arraignment, confessed the crime saying that the “innocent soul” of his deceased son was tormenting him but did not say why he took the drastic action of taking the boy’s life.
The prosecution however held that investigation into the case was on-going and urged the court to adjourn the case to enable completion of investigation but held the offence of culpable homicide contrary to section 221 of the Penal Code was not bailable.
The Chief Magistrate in his ruling said: “Meanwhile, it is hereby further advised that the accused person be remanded at the Federal Prisons, Koton-Karfe.”
Husaini adjourned the case to April 28, for further mention saying, the adjournment was at the instance of the prosecutor.