23 Years Old Man Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Stealing An LG Android Phone

at 10:04 AM, 20 Mar 17 (10 months ago)
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WHAT!!!! A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has sentenced a 23 years old Tope Abiodun, to death by hanging for stealing an android LG phone valued at N87, 000. The court also sentenced a teenager, Godfrey Emmanuel, to 14 years imprisonment for the same offence. Another suspect, Samuel Egbe 24-year-old trader at Wuse Market, Abuja, who was charged with dishonestly
Another suspect, Samuel Egbe 24-year-old trader at Wuse Market, Abuja,  who was charged with dishonestly receiving the LG phone from the 2nd accused (Tope Abiodun), with knowledge that they were stolen, was, however, lucky, as he was discharged and acquitted by the court. The court was amazed by the ingenuity deployed by the convicts in carrying out the robbery attack on the owner of the LG phone, Jacob Habila, who they attacked with a knife before disposing him of his handset.

According to the prosecution counsel,  Assistant Commissioner of Police Simon Lough, the convicts had, on October 3, 2013, at about 9:21pm, positioned themselves half naked,  at Impresist junction, Karmo, Abuja, and upon sighting the victim with his LG android phone, approached him to allow them make a distress call to their brother.
They told him  they were victims of a  robbery attack and would need his assistance to call their brother to bring some clothes for them to put on. The unsuspecting Habila was touched by their story and in the process of dialling a number that was given to him, the 2nd convict (Godfrey Emmanuel), brought out a knife and stabbed him on the head, while Tope Abiodun escaped with the phone. With blood dripping from his face, the victim raised the alarm, shouting “thief, thief” which led to the arrest of Emmanuel. The matter was swiftly reported at the police and Abiodun was arrested a few days later. The convicts  were slammed with a three-count charge by the Commissioner of Police,  for armed robbery,  contrary to section 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms Special Provisions Act, Cap R11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The convicts were represented by  Nnamdi Nwiwu, who made frantic but failed legal efforts to get them off the hook. The lawyer, however, succeeded in saving the teenage robber (Godfrey Emmanuel) from the hangman’s noose by pleading with the court, after he was found guilty of the offences, to consider the provisions of the Child Rights Act, particularly section 221 and section 405 of the Administrative of Criminal Justice Act and reduce his sentence to 14 years.
After evaluating the submissions of counsel, including exhibits and documentary evidence before her, Justice Chizoba Orji found the 1st and 2nd accused persons guilty as charged.
She held that from the totality of evidence before her, the prosecution had successfully established the case of armed robbery against The judge ruled: The 1st and 2nd accused person.
“This court is convinced that there was robbery. PW4 gave cogent evidence of the incident and how the 2nd defendant snatched his phone and ran away and the defendants confessed that they used knife to rob.
“PW4 arrested the 2nd defendant some few days later and took him to the police, while the 3rd defendant was arrested with the stolen phone.
“All these are cogent and direct evidence of conspiracy. I find that the offence of criminal conspiracy to commit armed robbery have been proved beyond all reasonable doubts against the 1st and 2nd defendants.
“The prosecution has tendered exhibits, including the picture of the victim showing head injury, his shirt, which was soaked with blood. He needs not tender the knife in evidence where there is overwhelming evidence of the commission of the crime by the defendants.
angesco at 10:10 AM, 20 Mar 17 (10 months ago)
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Wow.  Death over a phone. Mr Tope Aboidun was it worth it?

Maybe if our CORRUPT politicians start using a KNIFE to ROB Nigeria - they too may be executed?
beneno at 10:12 AM, 20 Mar 17 (10 months ago)
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Nawa for the judgement o  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
ignis99 at 10:19 AM, 20 Mar 17 (10 months ago)
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Unfortunately, but it's armed robbery, if it's just sat hang the phone from the guy, it would have been a  simple case. Once anything including as little as screw driver is used during robbery , my dear you are as good as dead.
Larry28 at 10:52 AM, 20 Mar 17 (10 months ago)
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This judgement no be for here ooo
emytex74 at 11:27 AM, 20 Mar 17 (10 months ago)
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Nawaa ooo odikwa egwu
akinmanchy at 11:59 AM, 20 Mar 17 (10 months ago)
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Very stupid judgement, wetin una do dat silly Air Force boy wey kill him girlfriend?

gogoman at 12:52 PM, 20 Mar 17 (10 months ago)
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sebi i talk am!!  if u kill they won't kill u.. put if u steal rice or phone u will die
morgan1 at 02:35 PM, 20 Mar 17 (10 months ago)
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 Roll Eyes
Ricky08 at 03:08 PM, 20 Mar 17 (10 months ago)
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I strongly condemn stealing in any form. In my candid opinion if this is the judgement  passed by the judge as alleged, then I think it's not only unfair but also extremely harsh.
24magic at 03:18 PM, 20 Mar 17 (10 months ago)
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Death sentence for stealing a phone?
kacylee at 07:45 PM, 20 Mar 17 (10 months ago)
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like seriously!!! death over a phone haba! oga judge waris dis nah Huh? Huh? Huh? Angry Angry
schmit at 07:49 PM, 20 Mar 17 (10 months ago)
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Not true  Roll Eyes
Okeakinsanya at 09:05 PM, 20 Mar 17 (10 months ago)
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Oboy na woooo bcus of phone to die by hangin mrs judge see niaja woman oooooooo but u no say ur brother way be igbo u let dem go abi no prob ok mak de die ok nd u
chukkychukky at 10:26 PM, 20 Mar 17 (10 months ago)
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abi d magistrate smoke weed?
akinmanchy at 11:27 PM, 29 Mar 17 (9 months ago)
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Hmmmmm na wa oooo

BournIdentity at 08:12 AM, 31 Mar 17 (9 months ago)
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Chhaaaiiiii chhaaaiiiii
akinmanchy at 01:16 PM, 31 Mar 17 (9 months ago)
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Na wa


Vicky_joseph at 09:06 PM, 31 Mar 17 (9 months ago)
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This is serious


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