A Delta State High Court 2 sitting at Effurun in the Uvwie Local Government Area has convicted and sentenced two persons, Theophilus Nwachukwu and Christopher Okoli, to death by hanging on for kidnapping, armed robbery and illegal possession of arms.
The presiding judge, Justice R. Harriman, delivered the judgment on June 6, 2023, noting that the prosecution proved all the charges preferred against the defendants beyond a reasonable doubt.
The complainants, Mr and Mrs Gabriel Adoghe, had approached the court alleging that the defendants robbed them of a Honda car at gunpoint.
The complainants revealed that the defendants ran out of luck when they met a police checkpoint at Aladja, where the police arrested them with Gabriel still locked up in the car’s trunk.
During the trial, the prosecution called the two victims and three policemen as witnesses.
In his reaction to the judgment, the prosecution counsel, Theophilus Omenuwoma, an Assistant Director in the state Ministry of Justice, said he was satisfied.
“The defendants were charged to court on five-count charges bordering on a conspiracy that earned them seven years imprisonment, kidnapping that got them 10 years imprisonment, armed robbery that earned them death by hanging and illegal possession which earned them 10 years imprisonment, respectively,” he said.