By Emeka Mamah
Three people, Adakole Echoche (24), Mohammed Aliyu (26) and Halilu Dahiru have been sentenced to death by hanging by a Kaduna High Court for conspiracy, armed robbery and culpable homicide.
They were said to have conspired among themselves to rob one Miss Zara Gagara of her hand bag containing N1,700 after stabbing her with a knife which led to her death on November 2, 2006 at Gwari Avenue, Barnawa, Kaduna State.
According to the prosecution, Echoche and Aliyu jointly committed the said offence, while Dahiru however killed one Mohammed Sani with a Dane gun on March 28, 2007 at Tsohuwar Gayan village in Chikun Local Government Area for befriending a girl he intended to marry.
In his judgment, Justice Gideon KuradaÂ who presided over the case said that the prosecution, led by Mr. Gamalad Kore proved its case beyond all reasonable doubts that the accused persons committed the offences for which they were charged.
Justice Kurada held that the first two accused persons killed Zara Gagara, an undergraduate of Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi pointing out that the denials by the convicts in their defense were an afterthoughtÂ as they had earlier told â€œthe police truth and nothing but the truthâ€, of how they conspired and went for the robbery.
The court further referred to the Nokia handset recovered from convicts when they took it to handset repairer to unlock it because the picture and names of the relations of the deceased were found in it.
Justice Kurada expressed sadness that the two convicts chose a bad business instead of venturing into beneficial areas and sentenced them to death by hanging as stipulated in Section 5[b] of the Robbery and Fire Arms [Special Provisions] Act Cap 398 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1990.
According to him, Adakole Echoche and Mohammed Aliyu must be hanged on the neck until they are pronounced dead.
Justice Kurada however, recommended that Halilu Dahiruâ€™s death sentence be commuted to life imprisonment by the Kaduna state Governor because of his age at the time the offence was committed as well as his remorseful nature throughout the duration of his trial. ENDS.