Man kills friend in argument over who wins election; sentenced to 10 years in prison

Man kills friend in argument over who wins election; sentenced to 10 years in prison

- A Lagos high court has sentenced Kamoru Kushimo to 10 years imprisonment for manslaughter

- Kushimo reportedly killed a friend of his during an argument over who would win the country’s 2015 general election

- The judge sentenced Kushimo to 10 years jail term without an option of fine

A Lagos high court sitting in Igbosere on Tuesday, February 5, sentenced one Kamoru Kushimo to 10 years imprisonment for stabbing his friend to death during an argument over who would win the country’s 2015 general election.

Kushimo was arraigned on February 10, 2016, by the Lagos state Ministry of Justice, charged with manslaughter, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The convict pleaded not guilty but was remanded in custody.

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Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya sentenced Kushimo after reviewing the facts and evidence of the case.

Ogunsanya said the defendant was guilty of the offence of manslaughter and sentenced him accordingly.

The judge said that from the evidence before her, the prosecution was able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.

“The convict is hereby sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, and the sentence will take effect from the date of arraignment,’’ the judge held.

The sentenced was without an option of fine.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Adebayo Haroun, had told the court that the defendant committed the offence on November 5, 2014, at a viewing centre, Alaafia street, Alaagba Bus Stop, Lagos.

“Trouble started when the deceased, Mubarak Salau, and the defendant argued on which political party would win 2015 general election,’’ Haroun said.

“The duo engaged in a fight using abusive words on each other, however, the deceased picked a knife to fight the defendant, and the defendant picked a broken bottle and stabbed the deceased on his chest and back.

“The injuries the deceased sustained as a resulted of the stab by the defendant led to his death,’’ he said.

The prosecution called four witnesses who testified before the court.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senator Solomon Adeola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Lagos West had described the death of three supporters of the party in a road accident in Lagos state on Monday, February 4, as unfortunate.

The victims died when the SUV conveying them somersaulted in top speed while trying to join the convoy of the senator, who was on a campaign tour of Amuwo-Odofin council area.

Adeola, in a statement issued by his media aide, Chief Kayode Odunaro, said he was devastated by the incident.

He prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the deceased and asked God to grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss.

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