Court sentences man to death for stealing N1,705 and milk

Channels Television  
Updated June 22, 2012

A Federal High Court in Jos, the Plateau state capital has sentenced a 26-year-old man, Obinna John, to death by hanging for robbing a woman of N1,705.

The convict was also said to have robbed his victim, Mrs Dorothy Olaniyi, of two rolls of sachet peak milk, valued at N400.

The prosecution counsel, Mr. G. D. Fwonyon, of Plateau State Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, had told the court that John, in company of an accomplice, also named John, now at large, on November 18, 2005, robbed the woman, a resident of Gada Biu, in Jos, in her shop, at gunpoint.

In a 60-page judgment, the presiding judge, Justice Yargata Nimpa said the evidence before the court had shown that the accused committed the offence and sentenced John to death by hanging.

“The accused is hereby sentenced to death by hanging, but the judgement is liable to an appeal” he ruled

Counsel to John, Mr. Tobechukwu Kekemeke, said they will head to the Court of Appeal to seek a reversal of the death sentence. “The convict has the right to appeal against the judgment. It is not a judgment that we are satisfied with, so we are definitely going to appeal at the Court of Appeal,” he vowed.