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Court remands teenager over friend’s alleged murder

08 July 2014, 08:32

Lagos - An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates' Court in Lagos on Monday remanded a teenager at the Special Correctional Centre for Boys in Oregun, over alleged murder of his friend, Bidemi Bankole.

The Chief Magistrate, A.A. Demi-Ajayi, said that the 16-year-old should remain in custody pending advice of the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions.

She adjourned the case till August 6 for mention

The media reports that the court did not take the plea of the teenage apprentice in a printing press.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, DSP Etim Nkankuk, told the court that the teenager killed Bankole when the deceased visited him at his work place on June 15 at about 6:15pm.

He said that the deceased, aged 18, met the accused cutting papers with a scissors.

“The deceased complained of heat in the place and asked his host to switch on the fan.”

“The breeze from the fan blew away the papers on the table.”

“Consequently, the two friends had an argument which led to a fight, and the accused stabbed Bankole on his stomach with a pair of scissors," he said.

Nkankuk said that an eyewitness reported the incident at a police station, and the accused was arrested.

The prosecutor said that the body of the deceased had been deposited at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital mortuary, Ikeja, for autopsy.

He said that the offence contravened Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Section 221 prescribes death sentence for anyone convicted of murder.

-    NAN

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