A 22-year-old herdsman, Bello Musa has killed his brother, Abdullahi Musa, with a machete, over missing cow in Nasarawa State.
He has also been arrested and kept in the custody of the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation Department of the Nasarawa Police Command, Lafia.
He was said to have given the deceased a fatal cut on the neck, when a scuffle ensued between them over the missing cattle.
It all started when the sibling noticed that one cattle had strayed and mixed with their own herd while they were grazing their cattle in Akuwate village in Doma Local Government Area.
The State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Bello, said the incident happened on March 9, 2018 and was promptly reported at Akuwate Police Station.
He explained that the case was later transferred on March 25, to the SCID at the headquarters of the command in Lafia, the state capital.
The detained suspect, Bello recounted what happened to Sun.
“My brother, Abdullahi and myself took our cattle for grazing.
“Later, we discovered that one cattle which was not our own had joined our herd. We were three who made the discovery – Abdullahi, one Ibrahim and myself. Abdullahi and I agreed to sell it.
“Later, he asked me to go and sell it in the market. As I was taking the cattle, it escaped from me. I returned back to tell Abdullahi. He did not believe me.
“He accused of selling the cattle N300,000. I tried to explain to him, but he insisted that I sold the cattle for N300,000. My father tried to settle the matter, without success.
“Abdullahi said that I must pay N300,000 for the cattle or he would kill me. I challenged him on why he would want to kill me over the cattle that escaped from me.
“Then he began making phone calls to his friends, telling them I am a liar and that I sold the cattle for N300,000.
“I became very angry and we started fighting. In the course of the fight, he injured me on my right hand and I cut him with my cutlass on the neck.
“Bello then ran to the General Hospital in Eleye area to treat his wound. It was there that the doctor that attended to him informed the Eleye police station.”
The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia, Mr. Yunusa Akira told the newspaper that when homicide detectives interrogated Bello, he confessed that he killed his brother.
He said that the cutlass allegedly use by Bello to kill his brother was recovered by detectives investigating the case, and added that the deceased had since been buried in line with Islamic injunctions.
The Commissioner of Police added that it was unfortunate incident. The suspect would soon be charged to court for murder.
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