Ogun State News – A 40-year-old hunter, Oguntola Joel, was arraigned before an Abeokuta magistrate’s court sitting in Isabo for allegedly shooting dead one Obasi John while pursuing an antelope in the bush yesterday (6-05-2014).
The prosecutor, Inspector Augustine Ozimini, told the court that Joel committed the murder on March 28, in a farm at Orile-Ilugun, Abeokuta while on hunting expedition.
He said that the offence was contrary to section 316(1) of the criminal code laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.
But the accused denied that he deliberately killed the man, saying he went to his farm to hunt as usual on the fateful day when he saw an antelope and shot towards the direction of the animal, but surprisingly, he heard the groan of a human being.
The Man said that He mistakes man for antelope, shoots him,
According to him he also said, I went to the police station to report the matter and I later took the man to hospital for treatment but he died the following day.
“I did not shoot him intentionally, I was running after an antelope not a human being,” he said.
Ogun State News: Hunter mistakes man for antelope, shoots him dead
The magistrate, Emmanuel Adekunte, who did not take the plea of the accused due to the nature of the charge, remanded the accused in prison custody and adjourned the case till July 11, 2014, pending the advice of the Director Public Prosecution, DPP.