A court of chief magistrates of Ebute Meta in Lagos ordered that a 27-year-old man, Emeka Okechukwu, be held in prison for allegedly stabbing his neighbor, Kazeem Balogun, to death.
The chief magistrate, Mr. Alex Komolafe, gave the order on Thursday when the defendant was brought before him for allegedly stabbing his neighbor with a sharp stone. The defendant faces a murder charge.
When the case was mentioned, the defendant’s statement was not taken since the court said it lacked jurisdiction to prosecute the murder cases.
The prosecutor, Insp. Cousin Adams had told the court that the defendant committed the crime on June 18, at 10 a.m., at n. ° 6, Tony Chenco Close, Ejigbo, a suburb of Lagos.
He alleged that the defendant stabbed the deceased with a sharp stone in his body that led to his death. The prosecutor said the crime violated Section 223 of the Lagos State Penal Law, 2015, which stipulates the death penalty for a criminal.
The magistrate ordered that the file of the case be transferred to the Director of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (DPP) of the state to advise him.
He also ordered the remand of the accused in Ikoyi prisons awaiting legal advice from the DPP office. The magistrate postponed the case until August 12, reports NAN.