- Police charge three labourers to court for murder
- The defendants are accused of armed robbery
- Ekweremadu commiserates with Benue people over mass burial
Three persons accused of killing Felix Boise, the 75-year-old uncle to minister of state for petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, have been sentenced to death by hanging by a Delta state high court.
The convicted persons namely: Sunday Luka, a 32 year old driver, Danjuma Kaika, 37 and Luka Agu, 33 all from Nassarawa state, were reported to have murdered the uncle of the minister at his farm on June 9, 2014, at Onicha-Ugbo in Aniocha north local council of Delta state, Guardian reports.
The defendants, who were labourers in the deceased farm were also reported to have stolen the deceased’ Kia Rio car after they committed the offence.
The police had charged the culprits to court on a four count charge bordering on conspiracy to commit murder under section 324 of the Criminal Code Cap C21, Volume 1 Laws of Delta State, 2006; murder under section 319(1); conspiracy to commit armed robbery contrary to section 6(b) and punishable under section 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R11, Volume 14 Laws of the Federation, 2004; and the substantive offence of murder under Section 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms Act.
Justice Ogisi, who sentenced the first and second accused persons on all four count charge, however, discharged the third accused person on count two and four but was sentenced on count one and three.
When handing down the sentences, the trial judge said the punishment for the offence was mandatory and did not have the discretionary power to mitigate the death sentence.
In another report, the deputy president of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed sadness over the mass burial of the victims of the recent suspected herdsmen attacks in Benue state.
Ekweremadu in a condolence message to the people of the state, on January 11, described the burial of the people as a black Thursday, not only for the people of Benue state, but also for the entire nation.
In the statement made available to NAIJ.com, the senator reiterated his call for decentralised policing in the country to enable federating protect their citizens.
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