A Minna Magistrates’ Court has remanded three students in prison custody for allegedly beating and detaining their fellow student on suspicion that he stole a HTC handset, valued at N32, 000.
The accused persons, Jibrin Attahiru and Idris Usman, both of the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida University, Lapai, and one other student, Shehu Abdullahi, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, were docked on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide, contrary to Sections 97 and 221 of the Penal Code law.
The Police Prosecutor, John Steven, told the court that one Mohammed Aliyu, the Chief Security Officer of IBB University, Lapai, reported the matter at the station on July 24.
Steven said the complainant alleged that on July 23, the accused persons suspected one Mubarak Sanusi, a student of the same institution, to have stolen the handset, belonging to one of them, picked him up and took him to their lodge, where they beat him up and detained him inside the toilet.
According to him, Sanusi was said to have died on the way to the hospital the following day. When the charge was read, they all pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, thereafter, prayed the court for adjournment, as investigation into the matter was still ongoing. In her ruling, Magistrate Fati Auna, ordered the accused persons to be remanded in prison and adjourned the matter until September 3.