Man who butchered dad and family members to death arraigned in court

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The Kano State police authority on Monday arraigned Bello Garba Bello, the alleged killer of his father, Garba Bello, an official of the State Security Services (SSS), and his family before a Kano Magistrate Court 3.

The accused, who is the eldest son of the deceased, was charged with the offence of culpable homicide, punishable with a death penalty, according to section 221 of the penal code.

Mr. Bello pleaded not guilty, just as he denied making any confessional statement to the police and the SSS of masterminding the crime.

The accused person, in a new twist to the saga, claimed he made the confessional statement under duress.

This runs contrary to the fact that 48 hours after the crime, Mr. Bello had made a written confessional statement to operatives of the SSS claiming that he singlehandedly committed the act.

When paraded before journalists by the Kano State police commissioner, Mohammed J. Gana, last week, he corroborated his written confessional statement orally.

However, the prosecution counsels, led by Isa Yusuf and Abdullahi Bature, pleaded with the presiding Magistrate, Khadija Mustapha, that the case be transferred to a court of competent jurisdiction that can handle a murder case of this nature.

Mr. Yusuf requested in an application that there is need that the case diary be sent to the office of the Kano State attorney general and commissioner of justice, to study the propriety of the charge.

In the second application, the prosecutors, citing section 147 of Criminal Procedure Code Law of Kano State 1991, as amended, pleaded that the court should remand the accused person in prison custody, pending the outcome of the legal advice of the Attorney-General.

The presiding Magistrate granted the applications, and adjourned the case to October 7, this year, for mention.