2 Students To Die By Firin Squad 4 Stealing Phones, Torchlight, Money In Makurdi

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«§» 12 October 2012

Justice Theresa Igoche of the Makurdi High Court, on Tuesday sentenced two students, Vershima Kaachi and Akaazua Akpen, to death by firing squad for armed robbery.

The convicts were arrested on the eve of Christmas in 2007 for criminal conspiracy and armed robbery, contrary to Sections 5(b) and 1(2) of the Robbery and Firearms Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990.

In his testimony, the victim of the offence, Jonathan Usenge, told the court that five armed men came to his house, attacked and robbed him of some valuable items on that day.

He stated that the robbers collected his Nokia 1600 phone valued N12,700.00, two torch lights valued N350.00 and a sum of N16,500.

He said the convicts were armed with guns and a hacksaw, and that the clothes they wore on the day of the robbery, his stolen phone and the hacksaw were recovered from them during police investigation.

The prosecution called three witnesses while the accused persons testified for themselves and also called three witnesses.

In his submission, counsel to the convicts, Mr Cletus Ujah, argued that the prosecuting counsel had not proved the allegation against his clients beyond reasonable doubt.

Ujah insisted that the victim was inconsistent in his testimony, arguing that the prosecution’s evidence could not be said to be overwhelming to nail his clients.

He further argued that the prosecution failed to tender the hacksaw claimed to have been recovered from his clients before the court which, he said, amounted to withholding evidence.

But the prosecuting counsel, Mr Obande Idikwu, argued that the prosecution had made a case to warrant the conviction of the accused persons.

Idikwu submitted that from the evidence, it could be deduced that there was an agreement to commit an illegal act, which was pursued to a logical conclusion.

Delivering judgment, Igoche held that the prosecution had proved its case against the convicts and found them guilty as charged.

In an allocutus, Ujah pleaded for leniency for the accused persons, pointing out that they were each the only sons of their parents and young boys with a promising future ahead of them, noting that they had no records of previous conviction and were looking very remorseful, and urged the court to temper justice with mercy.

But the judge said the punishment prescribed for offenders under Section 1(2) of the Robbery and Firearms Act was death by either hanging or firing squad, pointing out that it was subject to the governor’s discretion.

-- zeigbo (m) at 12-10-2012 07:30AM
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Nonsense judgement so bankole and ibru Waitin dem go come do dem

-- Unikpearl (f) at 12-10-2012 08:27AM
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Nawao,d judgment plenty pass d offence
-- Neglito (m) at 12-10-2012 11:44AM
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-- ela214 (f) at 12-10-2012 12:35PM
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rubbish to die by firing sqaud cuz of common phones.not that am siding them but mak una point that gun to aso rock
-- gastro (m) at 12-10-2012 12:45PM
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Very very stupid judge ,what do u do to Orji .U. Kalu,Former IG Balogun, Bankole,Ibru .just to mention few of them.
What a ridiculous judgement. thank God i don t `live in that country were the poor are not been consider to be a
normal human being.Just imagine bcos of Torchlight and Old school Nokia u are sentencing some one to death Huh? Huh?
This stupid Judge May death visit the whole of ur family.Amen

-- sandra78 (f) at 12-10-2012 12:53PM
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Judge Ukwu Aki
-- vantheo (m) at 12-10-2012 01:02PM
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Nokia 1600 wey be 6k. Na wa for this judge

-- annastacie (f) at 12-10-2012 01:28PM
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poor man don suffer for we country, what about those top politicians what did they do to them,
-- dizhadah (f) at 12-10-2012 01:40PM
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-- zeigbo (m) at 12-10-2012 01:49PM
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Roll Eyes

-- micc (m) at 12-10-2012 01:50PM
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Quote from: zeigbo on 12-10-2012 07:30AM
Nonsense judgement so bankole and ibru Waitin dem go come do dem
Se u never hear above the law before or what else do u thing. Those ones dey above Nigeria law ok.
-- joy201016 (f) at 12-10-2012 01:53PM
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-- cocoeni (f) at 12-10-2012 02:02PM
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-- jamesbondchick (f) at 12-10-2012 02:23PM
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Wicked Judge! Death will not cease from your family! They've been in prison since 2007 dat one no reach Angry

-- ekwufex (m) at 12-10-2012 02:26PM
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rubbish to die by firing sqaud cuz of common phones.not that am siding them but mak una point that gun to aso rock
-- proly (f) at 12-10-2012 03:21PM
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-- dlimelite (f) at 12-10-2012 03:30PM
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What kind of jungle justice is this?! So Naija has turned to those execution style law they do in Islamic countries  Shocked. Does phones & torchlight equate to death sentence?How much is a phone & torchlight? Things that can be replaceable. They wanna takeaway life they can't make & give. The problem is Nigerians don't know when Death sentence Should be used. It's not as if they killed a village. Yes they did wrong, but the punishment is too harsh. Whatever happened to jail time for issues like this.
-- kampas (f) at 12-10-2012 03:39PM
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9ja i hailed thee,the only thing you know how to do best is to marginalized the poor. where are the thieves? they are in aso rock wining & dinning. mtcheww una too much jareh, i don commot for this country.
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