Justice? Two Students To Die By Firing Squad For Stealing Cash And Items Worth N29,550

How we love to kill a fly with a sledge hammer baffles me sometimes. Nations that value the sanctity of life and see youths as valuable assets, they use almost every legal means available to ensure that even while bringing down the heavy hands of the law on crimes committed by young persons, their future is not jeopardized.

But that is not the case in Nigeria as two students, Vershima Kaachi and Akaazua Akpen, have been sentenced to death by firing squad for armed robbery. The ruling was delivered by Justice Theresa Igoche of the Makurdi High Court on Tuesday.

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The convicts were arrested on the eve of Christmas in 2007 for criminal conspiracy and armed robbery, contrary to Sections 5(b) and 1(2) of the Robbery and Firearms Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990.

In his testimony, the victim of the offence, Jonathan Usenge, told the court that five armed men came to his house, attacked and robbed him of some valuable items on that day.

He stated that the robbers collected his Nokia 1600 phone valued N12,700.00, two torch lights valued N350.00 and a sum of N16,500.

He said the convicts were armed with guns and a hacksaw, and that the clothes they wore on the day of the robbery, his stolen phone and the hacksaw were recovered from them during police investigation.

The prosecution called three witnesses while the accused persons testified for themselves and also called three witnesses.

In his submission, counsel to the convicts, Mr Cletus Ujah, insisted that the victim was inconsistent in his testimony, arguing that the prosecution’s evidence could not be said to be overwhelming to nail his clients.

But the prosecuting counsel, Mr Obande Idikwu, argued that from the evidence, it could be deduced that there was an agreement to commit an illegal act, which was pursued to a logical conclusion.

Delivering judgment, Igoche held that the prosecution had proved its case against the convicts and found them guilty as charged.

In an allocutus, Ujah pleaded for leniency for the accused persons, pointing out that they were each the only sons of their parents and young boys with a promising future ahead of them, noting that they had no records of previous conviction and were looking very remorseful, and urged the court to temper justice with mercy.

But the judge said the punishment prescribed for offenders under Section 1(2) of the Robbery and Firearms Act was death by either hanging or firing squad, pointing out that it was subject to the governor’s discretion.

Curiously enough, it is Judges like Theresa Igoche that will sentence politicians and rogue bankers who steal billions to 6 months imprisonment with an option of fine.

-LEADERSHIP

20 Comments

  • This smacks of high handedness and bias. I conceed the peculiar circumstance of the case is not known to me but from what I have gethered here, I have no difficulty in my conviction that there is either a tribal card or some other sentiment involved.

  • Speechless is all I can say. Its so marvelling the rate at which our young people are dying this days. It calls for so much caution and the grace of God. I pray leniencey be granted them.

  • Nigeria and her upside-down system, imagine, death sentence *mshteew* no need the judge should just send them to aluu stupid judge how many of the theiving politicians, governors and ministers who have been accused of stealing and with glaring evidence has been sentenced to such faith? Useless country, useless judicial system!

  • Please, let us call a spade a spade. To reduce the rate of corruption in a Country like Nigeria, whoever is caught with armed robbery or politicians stealing the Nation’s wealth should be armputated, hanged, or fired to death by the Firing Squad. It has been noticed that none of the culprits is ready to repent. Just because a lot of people who are being arrested are later released, this has given many of them and the upcomin armed robbers and politicians the audacity to continue with this act.
    Some Nigerian students in some colleges and universities have joined cultism, just in the name of helpin themselves out of financial crisis and have thereby joined the group of armed robbers, political thugs and so on. If care is not taken, then Nigeria will never be respected again among the Nations of the world. We all know that, there is more to this.

  • As a lawyer am not surprised as the offence of ARMED robbery in Nigeria is punishable by death and the judge has no option.

  • She’s got to be kidding! She is executing 2 kids for less than $200 and no lose of life? With laws like that, and no serious robbers if the billions of dollars of people’s money in prison, no wonder nigeria is where it is.

  • Is this not too much……………………… What will we give those that stole billoions of naira. I beg do not behead because of common N1………. Communitry services is there, etc

  • Where are the Bode George, Patricia Etteh’s, Ohakim’s, Chimaraoke’s. Where is the speaker emeritus. 9ja anyi je oleèéé

  • No love in our nation that is the reason for all these we are witnessing. Both men and women are blindly wicked,no real mother nor father. God undertake for the less privilege

  • Ignorant is dangerous. Robbery is dead sentence while Nigeria is yet to have dead sentence for corrupt officials.know that and pls, blame our law makers for providing us with draconia laws .a judge cannot award a penalty more than the one prescribed by the law. In china the penalty for corrupt officials is dead sentence .would your law makers be able to provide same law?

  • God have mercy…….this is absurd d judge shd put herself in d position of parent of those student, her only child. Wont she do sometin abt dis case or wil she allowed her son to b killed? Wel im not surprised justice are only done on d poor not on d rich bt let her remember nemesis cos nottin stops her from tempering justice wit mercy

  • We should all know that the amount involved is irrelevant in this case rather its the criminality/offence committed as prescribed under Section 1(2) of the Robbery and Firearms Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990. Thus, we ought to scrutinize our existing laws and arm ourselves with their position before we make contributions and comments, please. THE LAWS WERE MEANT TO BE ENFORCED ON OFFENDERS/GANGSTERS!

  • @U ALL HAVIN SYMPATHY. I HATE IT WHEN THE WRONG DONE BY THESE PEOPLE NEVER STOPPED AND U’RE ALL THERE LOOKING AND HOPING FOR A CHANGE WITHOUT FOLLOWING THE RIGHT JUDGEMENT. LET ME TELL U ALL, THE MORE U HAVE SYMPATHY, THE MORE U BREED THESE HEARTLESS MENTALLY DERAILED BOMBASTIC ELEMENTS THAT TERRORIZE OUR NATION. IF THE CASE OF THE TOPS BE THE PROBLEM, THEN JUNGLE JUSTICE IS DEFINITELY ENOUGH TO CURB THEIR MENACE. ONCE THE LAW CAN’T HANDLE THEM, WE DO KNOW THEIR HOUSES AND WE WILL DEFINITELY BRING THEM TO THE PUBLIC FOR JUDGEMENT BY HANGING. REMEMBER WHAT STARTED CULTISM IN NIGERIA. HAHAHA! ROBIN HOOD FILM TAUGHT ME MANY GREAT LESSONS. U KNOW WHAT I MEAN. LET ME TELL U, THERE IS THIS GROUP LIKE SECRET CULT IN AMERICA AS I HAVE READ AND KNOWN THAT PUNISH ONLY SINNERS. Find out urself. THEY ARE KNOWN AS SUPER HEROES.

  • Who gave these humans power to judge over a fellow human?? For me, the law and crap are bunch of trash! All of them are piece of shit! If discharge of justice are not based strictly on the bible then they just piece of shit!!.. The armed robbers did not kill anybody, hence why should they be shot? Judge @u! Face the wrath of your act for you shall never be forgiven..

  • @Elijah.. Hahahaha!! Look at u! U said humans should not judge fellow humans! Don’t u know that the messangers of God came with Commandments?! Jesus Christ said ‘I have not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it’ that we know the right from the wrong. Do u want to tell me that these Prophets are not human? Look at u.. U thnk u undstand wat Jesus Christ said abt d prostitute..dt whoever is clean shd cast d stone?! U need an OT abt dt. If u also thnk Jesus Christ said if u are slapped at d right, u turn d left is jst wat it is, den u undstnd nothin abt d bible. When d bible said d wages of sin is death, ds death is of d soul nd of d body. See dnt let me jst tel u much. SEEK THE TRUTH SO THAT U’RE SET FREE.

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