A farmer, Victor Allahnanan, has been remanded in a correctional centre for attempted culpable homicide.
Allahnanan was charged with three counts of criminal conspiracy, criminal intimidation and an attempt to commit culpable homicide before a Magistrates Court in Kafanchan, Kaduna State.
Magistrate Michael Bawa, however, declined to take the plea of Allahnanan on grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter on Wednesday.
Bawa directed the prosecution Counsel, to forward the case file to the State Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice.
Earlier, the state counsel from the Ministry of Justice, Mr Mathias Joseph, told the court that the complainant, Pastor Ishaya Dogora of Aniya Baptist church, Kurmin Dangana reported the matter at the NSCDC office.
Joseph said Allahnanan conspired with seven others, now at large, and blocked the drainage in front of the complainant’s church.
He noted that after the complainant cautioned them against blocking the waterway, they stormed his house with cutlasses to attack him, but he narrowly escaped.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 59, 377 and 199 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law.
The Magistrate adjourned the matter until Aug. 5 for further mention