6 Nigerians to die by hanging over armed robbery, murder

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High courts sitting in Abakaliki have convicted six able-bodied men to death by hanging for armed robbery and murder respectively.

One of them Mr Micheal Okwuome was convicted for armed robbery on the 12th day of July 2018 by the High court presided over by justice Elvis Ngene.

The 39 years old convict on the 26th day of May 2017 was arraigned before a magistrate court for robbing some students at Legacy hostel Presco campus of Ebonyi State University Abakaliki on the 23rd day of March 2017 of their valuables at gunpoint.

He alongside others at large robbed one Emeka Ezra of Nokia 210 phone, Havren wristwatch, one HP laptop, one techno G9 phone, one superior wristwatch, one black school bag, techno D3 phone, diamond bank ATM card and a library card.

He also robbed one Loveth Cresent Ugwu of one HP laptop, Samsung Galaxy 07 phone valued #110, 000 and a cash sum of #4, 000.

He thereby committed offences punishable under section 516A(a) of criminal code cap 33 vol 1 laws of Ebonyi state of Nigeria 2009 and section 1(2)(b) of robbery and firearm (Special Provision) Act cap R11 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

The judge despite all efforts of the defence counsel Marcel Akamabe ESQ convicted Michael Okwuome to die by hanging, having considered all facts of the matter, statement of two witnesses against him and his confessional statement at the police.

The prosecuting counsel was Ijeoma Ajanwachukwu principal state counsel.

In a recent similar development, five others Linus Nkwuda, Marcel Alo, Mathias Nwazufu, Innocent Ijere and Julius Oruta were convicted to die by hanging for murder by the High court presided over by justice John Igboji.