A man has been sentenced to death for killing his father.

Ponjul Yakubu, 20, is to die by hanging for shooting his father, Domsing Yakubu to death.

Yakubu was said to have used the late man’s dane gun to kill him while the old man was taking an afternoon nap under a tree in their home at Dorowa, in Vwang Gwong Village, Shendam Local Government, Plateau State.

It was gathered that Yakubu killed his father because the old man refused to buy a motorcycle for him.

Yakubu was arraigned on July 8, 2015, to face a one-count charge of culpable homicide punishable by death, after allegedly committing the crime on May 5, 2015.

When Yakubu appeared in court,  he, however, pleaded not guilty to the allegation of killing his father.

The Prosecution Counsel, Gideon Azi of the Plateau State Ministry of Justice, who investigated the matter, however, told the court that Yakubu had confessed to killing his father for refusing to buy a motorcycle for him.

“He (Yakubu) confessed that he returned home on the said date and found his father sleeping on a mat under a tree, went into his (father)’s room, took his loaded gun and shot him at close range,” Azi told the court.

Azi submitted Yakubu’s confessional statement to the court as evidence, and quoted the accused as saying that he committed the crime alone.

Yakubu promptly owned up to the statement that bore his thumb print.

Azi further quoted the accused as saying that his father, after harvesting about a thousand tubers of yam and several bags of maize and millet, promised to buy a motorcycle for him after selling them.

The accused was further quoted as saying that his father sold the farm produce without consulting him, and also refused to buy the motorcycle as promised, an action that provoked him into killing him.

Delivery final judgment in the case on  Friday,  Justice A.I. Ashoms of  the Plateau State High Court found Yakubu guilty of the charge, which is punishable by death under section 221 of the Penal Code.

“Going by the findings of this court, you, Ponjul Yakubu, mercilessly took the life of your father, Domsing Yakubu in cold blood.

“You have, however, shown remorse and appeared sober throughout your trial; however, this sentence is mandatory as the law states that any person convicted of murder shall be punished with death by hanging.

“The sentence of this court upon you is that you, Ponjul Yakubu, will be hanged until you are dead. May God have mercy on your soul,” he declared.


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