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Two remanded for killing friend over bags of rice in Lagos



The Yaba magistrate court in Lagos state has remanded two friends identified as Noah Tovohome and Rajay Zannu, to a correctional center for allegedly plotting and killing their friend, Segun Zusu, over 36 bags of rice.

According to the police inspector, Chekwube Okeh, the duo in November 2023 allegedly plotted with a boat driver who was conveying Zusu’s goods from Seme to kill him and steal the bags of rice. The police told the court that investigations showed that they intercepted the boat around 2 am, at Novo River in Seme, used a plank to beat Zusu up, and threw him inside the river. The suspects therafter carried the bags of rice to Badagry, sold them for about N1.4m to a businesswoman and shared the money.

The charges read in part;

“That you, Noah Tovohome, 27, Rajay Zannu, 38 and others at large, on November 12, 2023, around 2 am, at Novo River, Seme, Lagos State, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill one 26-year-old Segun Zusu, by hitting a plank on his head and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 222 and punishable under Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.”

The police prosecutor told the court that the offence contravenes Section 222 and is punishable under Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015. He prayed the court to remand them to a correctional centre pending the outcome of legal advice from the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.

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Magistrate Balogun granted the prayer and ordered that the duo be remanded to the Kirikiri Correctional Centre pending the outcome of legal advice from the DPP. The case was then adjourned till January 22, 2024, for the DPP’s advice.

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