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Court remands two Abuja farmers for calling neighbour witch


Two farmers, Aruwa Kwala, 50, and Shenyi Salihu, 50, were arrested Tuesday in a magistrate’s court in Gwagwalada, FCT, for allegedly accusing their neighbor of being a witch and killing a three-year-old girl

The police charged the defendants who reside in Dafa Village, Kwali Area Council FCT, with libel.

Prosecutor Sunday Iyakwo told the court that Salihu accused Mary Dauda of killing her daughter through witchcraft.

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Iyakwo said that during the investigation, the two defendants confessed to calling her a witch.

He said the offense violated the provisions of article 392 of the Penal Code.

The defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The magistrate, Ms. Punarimam Balogun, admitted the defendants to post a bond of 100,000 naira each with a bond each for the same sum.

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Balogun ordered that sureties must reside within the jurisdiction of the court and must provide a verifiable means of identification to the court.

She adjourned the case until November 23 for a hearing.

News Agency of Nigeria