The judgment of a man who killed his daughter’s boyfriend to die by hanging has been upheld by an Appeal Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State.
The Appeal Court upheld the High Court decision to sentence Godwin Elewana, a former employee of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, to death by hanging for murder.
Elewana, in suit Number CA/C/278C/2018, had appealed against the High court’s ruling in Calabar, sentencing him to death for fatally shooting 22-year-old Douglas Ojugbo, said to be his daughter’s boyfriend.
Justice Y. Ninpar, on behalf of three other judges of the Appeal Court, while delivering the judgement said:
“The court, having gone through all the evidence and addresses by counsels for both parties, finds the judgment of the lower court credible and therefore valid before the law.”
The presiding judge of the High Court in Calabar, Justice Ukpa Ebitam, had said in his ruling that the prosecution team, led by Mr Eneji Amajama, a Deputy Director in the Department of Public Prosecutions in the State Ministry of Justice, proved its case beyond any reasonable doubt that the accused committed the crime.
“The prosecution team also proved the second ingredient of the murder, which was the intentional act. To have fired the victim twice with his pump action gun, I agree that the killing was intentional and I hereby find the accused person guilty of murder.
“Subject to Section 319 of the Criminal Code of Cross River State, any person who commits murder is sentenced to death by hanging.”