NigeriaCourt Sentences Two Men To Death For Conspiracy, Robbery

Court Sentences Two Men To Death For Conspiracy, Robbery

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Delta, Nigeria – An Effurun High Court has con­victed and sentenced two men, Emmanuel Ruekpe and Peter Okoro, to death by hanging on two-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery, in Delta State.

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The court, which was presided over by Honourable Justice E. I. Oritsejafor delivered the judge­ment on April 25, 2023.

The two defendants accord­ing to the nominal complainant, Mr. Ode Odera Gabriel, board­ed his motorbike on the 24th of September, 2016 at Otu-Jeremi junction to Owhawha town of which he charged them the sum of ₦400 and they agreed to pay.

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According to him, in the course of the journey, the 2nd defendant after he came from a compound at Oghoir in Udu Lo­cal Government Area where he claimed to see his elder brother, stopped the bike man, claiming that his fez cap fell down and wanted to pick it, but he broke coca cola bottle and in a bid to avoid being stabbed, the nomi­nal complainant ran away.

The normal complainant (bike man) recognized the first defendant whom he knew as a local dancer and he subse­quently reported the matter to the Oghior vigilante Chairman which eventually led to the ar­rest of both of them and taken to Ovwian Police Station.

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Delivering his judgement after careful examination of available evidence, Justice E. I Oritsejafor noted that the prose­cution presented overwhelming evidence which, he said, was sufficient to discharge the bur­den of proof on the case .

Reacting to the judgement, the prosecution, Mr. Ezeana Ejiofor who is a Deputy Direc­tor in the state Ministry of Jus­tice, expressed satisfaction with the judgement and appealed to judicial authorities in the coun­try to consider the abolition of death sentence and replace it with alternative life Imprison­ment.

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