For committing some really grievous crimes in Lagos, two men have been made to serve the ultimate punishment.
The Lagos High Court, Ikeja, on Wednesday sentenced two men — Etenbom Udoh and David Udoh — to death for armed robbery, NAN reports.
Both men, who are not of the same family, were also sentenced to 21 years imprisonment each for kidnapping.
Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, who handed down the verdict, also sentenced a 30-year-old woman, Eno Victor, to 21-year imprisonment for kidnapping.
However, Eno, was acquitted of armed robbery charge after Justice Ipaye found no evidence linking her to the crime.
The trio was arraigned on July 31, 2013 on a three-count charge of conspiracy, kidnapping and armed robbery, which they denied.
While sentencing the convicts, Justice Ipaye said the stiff punishments should send a signal to criminals in Lagos that there would be zero tolerance for such heinous crimes.
“The first, second and third defendants were all part of a criminal enterprise, instead of choosing a honest living, they chose a path of extreme violence, leaving a trail of grief and pain in their wake,” the judge said.
“It also came to the notice of this court during the trial that the defendants were serial offenders specialising in kidnapping.
“Eno Victor, Etenbom Udoh and David Udoh are hereby found guilty of kidnapping.
“They are sentenced to 21 years in prison for the charge which is contrary to Section 269 (3) of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2011.
“Etenbom Udoh and David Udoh are found guilty of armed robbery contrary to Section 295 (2) (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2011.
“You are both to be hung by the neck till you are dead, may the Lord have mercy on your souls.”