The High Court of the Federal High Court in Nyanya, Abuja on Thursday sentenced one Obinna Echianu to death for killing an Uber driver identified as Edwin Ali in Abuja on December 26, 2016.
Delivering judgment, Justice Peter Kekemeke convicted 42-year-old Echianu for armed robbery and culpable homicide.
But the judge discharged and acquitted Echanu’s co-accused, Everly Nnorom, 27, for lack of evidence.
The police had instituted five counts of conspiracy, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and culpable homicide against the two men.
However, convicting Echianu of the offences on Thursday, the judge held that the police proved counts of armed robbery and culpable homicide against him beyond reasonable doubt against him.
“The first defendant is therefore sentenced to death by hanging on each of the counts,” Justice Kekemeke held.
The police had alleged that Echianu and Nnorom, who was acquitted on Thursday, conspired to rob the deceased Edward Ali beside Goza pedestrian bridge, Airport Road, Abuja, at about 7pm on December 16, 2016.
The prosecution alleged that the two men allegedly armed with a revolver pistol and 33 live ammunition shot and killed Ali.
But while the court believed Nnorom’s defence ending in his acquittal, it dismissed Echianu’s defence and was convicted and sentenced to death on Thursday.
Father’s Attempt to Smuggle Hard Drug to Detained Son Quashed by EFCC
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a 60-year-old fish-farmer, Muyiwa Otulayo, for attempting to smuggle substance believed to be hard drug to his detained son, Damilola.
Otulayo is currently in the commission’s detention at the Ibadan zonal office.
The older Otulayo was on the premises of the EFCC in Ibadan on Monday, February 17, supposedly on a visit to his son.
However, while discussing with the son, an officer of the commission noticed that he handed over a sachet of drugs to him.
The drug was taken from him and kept as an exhibit.
The in-house nurse, who examined the content, confirmed that it was Rohypnol, a tranquillizer, used under strict prescription for the treatment of severe insomnia and assist in anaesthesia.
The drug, according to experts, contains high sedative effect and is rarely used except when prescribed by licensed medical officers.
The younger Otulayo was recently arrested after a criminal case of money laundering, detected in the United Kingdom, was reported against him.
The case, involving the sum of £45,000, was said to be a part of a wider amount (about £500,000) for which he was declared wanted by the London’s Metropolitan Police.
He is on the wanted list of the International Police before the petition was filed at the Ibadan Zonal Office of the EFCC.
It was learnt that officers of the Interpol were already in touch with the commission in respect of the said case.
Further investigations are said to be ongoing on the case.
The commission added that the suspect (older Otulayo) would be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for prosecution.
Kidnappers Abduct Another 12 Travellers in Kogi, Demand N30m
The Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of another set of 12 persons in Itobe/Ajegu community in the Ofu Local Government Area.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Aya, said the victims were travelling from Warri in a Toyota Hiace bus when they were abducted.
He, however, said that the number of victims had yet to be ascertained.
A source told our correspondent that the kidnappers had demanded N30m ransom to free the victims.
He said, “The victims boarded a Toyota Hiace bus belonging to Eleojo Transport Service with number plate KSF 19 XZ from Warri in Delta State on Sunday with 16 passengers heading to Anyigba in the Dekina LGA of the state.”
The source also said four of the passengers alighted at Okene, leaving 12 persons in the car, including the driver.
The vehicle was said to have run into the kidnappers between Itobe and Ajegu in the Ofu LGA, Kogi State.
The driver reportedly escaped and went to the Police at Itobe division to report the incident.
Recall that on Sunday around six o’clock, six passengers were abducted along Lokoja-Kabba road in the state.
Gunmen Kidnap Six Passengers on Lokoja-Kabba Road
Six passengers have been kidnapped on the Lokoja-Kabba road.
The victims, whose identities had yet to be ascertained, were reportedly kidnapped around 6pm on Sunday.
A source told our correspondent that the victims were travelling to Kabba when the gunmen struck.
Efforts to get the state police command’s comment was not successful as calls to the telephone line of the state Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, rang out.