A High Court in Jos on Monday sentenced two men, Dayabu Ahmad 20, and Umar Aliyu, 21, to death by hanging for armed robbery.
Justice S.P Gang found the convicts guilty of criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.
Delivering judgment, Gang held that going by the findings of the court, the convicts armed themselves with dangerous weapons, blocked the Barkin Ladi/Mangu road and robbed commuters of their belongings.
“This sentence is mandatory, as the law states that any person convicted of armed robbery shall be punished with death by hanging.
“The sentence of this court upon you is that you, Dayabu Ahmad and Umar Aliyu, will be hanged until you are dead. May God have mercy on your soul,’’ Gang said.
The judge also handed down three years imprisonment on the convicts for the offence of criminal conspiracy.
The convicts were arraigned on February 19, 2019. The police charged them with criminal conspiracy and armed robbery , contrary to Sections 6(b) and 1 (1&2) of the Fire Arms Act punishable with death upon conviction.
Prosecution Counsel told the Court that the convicts on January 26, 2019 on the Barkin Ladi/Mangu Road armed with weapons and dispossessed travelers of their belongings.
The convicts in their confessional statement to the police admitted to committing the crime, blamed the devil for their actions, adding that they were ‘broke’.
The items stolen by the convicts include; 1kg of meat, a gallon of groundnut oil, a packet of maggi cubes, water melon and N100,000 cash.
Counsel to the accused, Mr Thomas Ochigbo, said he will get a copy of the judgment, study it and look for possible grounds of appeal against the death sentence imposed on the convicts.
First Bank Plc, Ex-staff Bags 98 Years Jail Over N49.3m, $368,000 Fraud
As First Bank Plc battles a former dispatch ridder, Omeli Humphrey Darlington, who has alleged that the bank is using him as scapegoat to cover up an internal fraud to the tune of N355 million, while a former staff of First Bank Plc, Oreoluwa Adesakin has been sentenced to 98 years in jail for stealing N49,320,652, and additional $368,203 as employee of the Bank in 2013.
Justice Muniru Olagunju of the Oyo State High Court found the ex-staff of First Bank Plc, Adesakin guilty of committing the fraud against her employers to the tune of N49,320,652, and additional $368,203.
The convict was prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 14-count charges, bordering on stealing, forgery and fraudulent accounting.
One of the charges read: “That you Oreoluwa Adesakin, sometime between the months of May 2013 and November 2013, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division, whilst being a staff of First Bank Plc stole the sum of N25,974,116 from First Bank Plc MoneyGram Payment Naira Account.”
The Adesakin pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
However, a prosecution counsel, Usman Murtala, presented vital documents and witnesses which eventually nailed the convict while Justice Olagunju wasted no time in pronouncing Adesakin guilty as charged.
The judge then sentenced her to seven years in prison without an option of fine on each of the 14 counts, which will run concurrently.
The judge also ordered the convict to restitute the First Bank, through the EFCC, all the money she stole.
She was arraigned by the EFCC April 4, 2014, following a painstaking investigation on First Bank petition dated December 18, 2013.
The convict, Adesakin was a Money Transfer Operator, saddled with the responsibility of effecting payments through Western Union Money Transfer and Money Gram platforms. But she manipulated the accounting system and withdrew a total of N49,320,652 and another $368,203 for herself.
According to the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, operatives of the anti-graft agency established that the convict used part of the proceeds to acquire landed properties in different parts of Oyo State.
￼This is even as top management of the bank has been fingered by a former Dispatch Ridder in the alleged stealing of no fewer than N355m million from an account belong to a prominent company in Lagos as contained in a petition by Mr. Omeli to the EFCC and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has shown.
The Dispatch Ridder in a recent video alleged that First Bank Plc officials have been trailing him to back off on the stolen N355m, which led to the tarmination of his employment by his employers.
He equally alleged that First Bank Plc had sent men suspected to be hired assassins to his village in search of him after alleged attempt to use security agencies to eliminated him seven years ago failed.
He equally narrated how his sick mother was harassed and threatened by the suspected killer squad.
Court Sentences Cultist To Death By Hanging In Ekiti
An Ekiti State High Court, sitting in Ado Ekiti, has sentenced a 29-year-old man, Gbenga Aluko (aka Cherry), to death by hanging for his cult activities.
The police had charged the convict with belonging to a prohibited society “Eiye confraternity’’, contrary to Section 4 of the Secret Cult (Abolition and Prohibition) First Amendment Law No. 6, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2017.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Abiodun Adesodun, said that the penalty for the offence committed and established against the accused was death.
“You are hereby sentenced to death by hanging. May the Lord have mercy on your soul,” the judge said.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Julius Ajibare, had told the court that on Jan. 23, 2019, at Ado Ekiti, the convict was found to be a member of a prohibited society, Eiye confraternity.
The prosecutor said that the offence was contrary to Section 4 of the Secret Cult (Abolition and Prohibition) First Amendment Law No. 6, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2017.
“In his confessional statement, Gbenga Aluko, said that he and his cult members masterminded the killings of some other cult members, such as Mercy at NOVA Road, Ajagbe and Mugbagba, all in Ado Ekiti.
“He was involved in duping people and he pretended to be a herb seller as well as a political thug.
“He mentioned members of his gang called Supreme Eiye confraternity as Yemi Effizy, AY Pumping, Wonderful, T Black, Femi, and others,’’ the prosecutor said.
To proof his case, the prosecution counsel called two witnesses and tendered no exhibit, while the accused called no witness but spoke through his counsel, Femi Adetoye.
Gana Killing: Shehu Sani Condemns Military Action, Gives Reason Why The Surrendered Benue Most Wanted Criminal Shouldn’t Be Killed
Former Kaduna Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the murder of Terwase Akwase, Benue’s most wanted criminal in the State.
Shehu Sani said it was wrong to kill the criminal even after he surrendered to the armed forces.
Recall that on Thursday the Nigerian Army confirmed the murder of Akwaza in Benue State, also known as Gana.
During a gun battle with soldiers along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi road on Tuesday, Gana was killed.
The Commander, 4 Special Forces Command, Doma, Nasarawa State, Maj. -Gen confirming the incident. Moundhey Ali said the military gunned down Gana at an army-mounted roadblock.
Speaking to reporters, Ali said 40 armed Gana gang members were also captured during the operation.
He disclosed that the gang had recovered several rifles, pump-action guns, ammunition, charms, and explosives among other items.
Gana’s corpse was deposited in an undisclosed mortuary, he said.
This was after Gana had previously surrendered to the Government of the Benue State after an amnesty program extended to criminals.
But Sani, a prominent member of the 9th Assembly and former member of the All Progressive Congress, APC, said in reaction to the development that, “To ‘kill’ a person who ‘surrendered’ would discourage others from surrendering.”
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