Suleiman Ayuba, a resident of Aso Sabo Lugbe Airport Road, Abuja, has been sentenced to four years behind bars for chopping off a neighbour’s hand.
Ayuba and two other men, Suleiman Zakari and Iliyasu Abdullahi, were arrested penultimate week and taken to Lugbe Police Station after engaging in a public fight around 9p.m on February 2, 2019.
A peacemaker identified as Rakiya had mediated in the fight but she was cut with a cutlass by Abdullahi.
A furious Ayuba then used the same cutlass and cut off Iliyasu Abdullahi’s hand.
The Lugbe Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, heard on Tuesday that as a result, Abdullahi sustained grievous hurt and was rushed to the hospital.
Police prosecutor Mrs Ukoha Ndidi said that the men couldn’t give a satisfactory account of their fight during interrogation.
The Magistrate, Idharhi Samuel, in his judgment, sentenced Ayuba to four years imprisonment without an option of fine.
Samuel ordered that the convict should be taken to Kuje Prisons where he is expected to serve the prison terms.
The magistrate also sentenced Suleiman Zakari to six months imprisonment with an option of N6,000 fine.
He warned the convicts to desist from committing crimes after serving out their punishment.
The magistrate said that the punishment would have been more severe if they had not pleaded guilty and saved the court the pains of prolonged prosecution.
He also ordered the police to bring Abdullahi, whose hand was cut off to the court after his treatment.