Court Orders Verification Of Murder Suspect's Age

Court Orders Verification Of Murder Suspect's Age

An Abuja High Court has ordered the FCT Commissioner of Police, Adenrele Shinaba, to ascertain the true age of a boy accused of murder.

Nura Adamu was alleged to have killed his elder brother Surajo Nuhu by hitting a stick on his head after an argument over N400 on December 2, 2011 at Karmajiji village, FCT.

When he was brought for arraignment Thursday on charges of culpable homicide punishable with death, Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi expressed curiosity about his age.

Nura claimed he is 18 while actually looking 16, Police records brought by prosecutor Prisca Oguamalam put his age at 20.  Before he adjourned the case to September 28, Oniyangi directed the court registrar to write the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) to take up the matter.

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