A 24-year-old man, Godwin Banchir, has been arrested and charged before a Jos High Court sitting in Plateau State for allegedly beating his 65-year-old mother to death.
According to reports reaching us from Jos, Plateau State, Bachir got angry when he greeted his mother in the morning on January 27, 2016, and she refused to answer his greetings following an argument they had the night before and descended on the old woman, beating her to death.
Luka Pam, a state prosecutor with the Ministry of Justice, said Bachir was first arraigned on June 22, 2016, on a one-count of culpable homicide, an allegation he denied.
Pam said the accused committed the murder at his home in Fuskar Mata Village, Bassa Local Government Area of the state.
The prosecutor told the court that on the said date, the accused used a stick to hit his mother, Saratu Banchir, which later resulted in her death, adding that in his confessional statement to the police after his arrest, the accused had said that he killed his mother because he was angry that she did not respond to his greetings.
The statement quoted the accused as saying that when he woke up at 6 am on the day of the murder, he saw his mother sitting in the compound while on his way to his farm, and greeted her, but that she did not answer.
It further quoted the accused as saying that her silence angered Banchir, who used a stick and the handle of his axe, to beat her until she became unconscious.
The prosecution quoted the accused as saying that when he hit his mother on the rib and stomach, she fell down and let out a loud cry which attracted neighbours and family members.
One of his uncles who was the first to get to the scene, allegedly rushed the woman to the hospital for treatment and on his return, Banchir was arrested and handed over to the police.
Pam's report to the court reads:
“Following investigations, it was gathered that the accused was in the habit of quarreling with his mother anytime he was hungry.
It was also gathered that the woman used to fight her son whenever he fetched water from her room to take his bath.”
The offence, according to Pam, contravened section 221 of the Penal Code, Laws of Northern Nigeria, and was punishable with death, upon conviction.
After the submissions, the judge, Justice A. I. Ashom, adjourned the matter to May 30, 2017, for hearing, after Pam requested an adjournment to enable him to present a vital witness.