Two Suspects Conspire to Beat Friend to Death, Throw Body inside River

A Magistrates’ Court sitting in Yaba area of Lagos State has remanded two friends, Noah Tovohome and Rajay Zannu, in a correctional centre for allegedly plotting and killing their friend, Segun Zusu, over 36 bags of rice.

The duo appeared before Magistrate Linda Balogun on Tuesday on two-count charge bordering on murder.

It was gathered in court that the defendants, Tovohome and Zannu, conspired with a bolt driver who was conveying Zusu’s goods from Seme to kill him and steal the bags of rice.

However, on that day, they intercepted the boat around 2:00am at Novo River in Seme, used a plank to beat Zusu up, and threw him into the river.

They, thereafter, carried the bags of rice to Badagry, sold them for about N1.4m to a businesswoman, and shared the money.

Earlier, the police prosecutor, Chekwube Okeh, informed the court that the defendants committed the offence on November 12, 2023.

He said that the offence violated Section 222 and was punishable under Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

The pleas of the defendants were not taken.

Okeh asked the court to commit them to a correctional centre pending the outcome of legal advice from the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution.

Magistrate Balogun granted the prayer and ordered that the defendants be remanded in the Kirikiri Correctional Centre pending the outcome of legal advice from the DPP and then adjourned the case till January 22, 2024.