A Makurdi Magistrates’ Court on Friday remanded a 35-year-old farmer,

The accused, who resides at Tse-Akough in Jato-Aka, Benue, is standing trial on two counts – illegal possession of firearm and causing harm.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Adama Owochio, told the court that the accused attacked Mr Iorpine Ikyaaibo also of Tse-Akough in a farm, beat and stabbed him on the head and back.

He said that the incident occurred on June 5.

Owochio said that the accused was also armed with a pistol and had the intention of shooting Ikyaaibo but was overpowered by him.

The prosecutor said that a locally made pistol with 7.62mm ammunition was recovered from the accused during police investigation.

He said that the offences contravene Section 247 of the Penal Code, Law of Benue, and Section 3 (1) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act, 2004.

The court did not take the plea of the accused due to lack of jurisdiction.

The Magistrate, Mrs Franca Yuwa, adjourned the case until Aug. 15 for mention.