An Ebonyi State High Court sitting in Abakaliki, presided over by the State Chief Judge, Justice Alloy Nwankwo, at the weekend sentenced a nomadic cattle rearer, Musa Barugun, to death by hanging for alleged murder.
Barugun had, in February 2013, allegedly killed one Chibueze Nkwegu at Sharon in Izzi local government area of the state.
The convict was said to have attacked and killed the deceased with sharp knife which he used in stabbing Nkwegu in the chest and stomach.
The convict was said to have been returning from Abakaliki and got to Sharon late in the night and decided to pass the night at his friend’s house where he was when the deceased was passing and he hurriedly chased after him attacked and killed him.
The deceased had been complaining of destruction of his crops by cattle and had several times pleaded with Barugun to stop his cows from destroying his cash crops, but the pleas fell on his deaf ears leading to misunderstanding between the deceased and the herdsman.
Barugun then confronted Nkwegu with a knife days later and murdered him. The herder was later arrested and arraigned for murder.
Barugun who hails from Kogi State was later remanded in prison custody till last weekend when he was convicted.
He could not put up defence to counter the evidence before the court on the matter, as the knife (dagger) used in committing the act was found in his possession, while the clothes he wore on the day of the incident which was heavily stained with human blood were also tendered as exhibit during his trial.
Accordingly, the court found him guilty and sentenced him to death by hanging.
However, the leader of Hausa community in Ebonyi State, Alhaji Danjuma Gambo described the death of Nkwegu as unfortunate, but said the convict will appeal the judgement.