Court remands 18 in Niger community over land, chieftaincy crisis

A Minna Magistrate Court has remanded 18 youth in correctional custody on 10 count charges of rioting armed with deadly weapons, inciting disturbances and mischief following violent clash over chieftaincy and land in Doko community of Niger state.

The suspects, according to the First Information Report ( FIR), were also charged for unlawful assembly, criminal trespass, criminal intimidation, mischief by maiming animals, cruelty to animals, attempt to commit culpable homicide and possession of dangerous weapons, among others.

The offences according to the FIR are contrary to sections 97(c) 103, 107, 113, 114, 327, 207, 229(1) 337, 398 of the penal code law of Niger state and sections 3(b), 5, 6(a)(b) of the Niger state law to prohibit thuggery 2018.

The police said the crisis which has been on for almost a decade got aggravated on 24/4/2023 at about 1000hrs when some group of youth loyal to one Alhaji Abdullahi Yahaya Madiwo, the present village head of Doko community, Lavun L.G.A of Niger state made ridges in a farmland located at Doko Mambi Road.

On the next day at about 8am, another group of youth loyal to the dethroned village head of Doko, Alhaji Mohammed Gana Panje, were said to have unlawfully assembled and used criminal force to destroy the ridges.

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