By Abdulwahab Abdulah
The Supreme Court of Nigeria, weekend, confirmed a death sentenced passed on one Nonso Okeke, 11 years after he murdered one Chinwe Ofomatu in a robbery attack at Festac area of Lagos State.
In a judgement delivered last Friday by the apex court, it held that the condemned assailant, indeed, committed the offence of robbery and murder of Ofomatu for which he was found guilty by a Lagos High Court in 2010.
The Supreme Court, in a lead judgement delivered by Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammed, held that the appeal of Nonso Okeke lacked merit, while dismissing same and upheld the decision of the lower courts, according to Lagos State Ministry of Justice which prosecuted the case.
During hearing, Lagos State Attorney General was represented by the Director of Public Prosecution, Mrs. Idowu Alakija, and Mr. Justin Jacobs, who prayed the apex court to dismiss the appeal and uphold the judgement of the .
The Lagos division of the Court of Appeal had, in a similar circumstance, upheld the judgement of the trial court, which convicted Okeke.
He was accused of the murder of Chinwe Ofomatu on October 28, 2004, in her residence, House 18, A Close, Road 403 Festac Town after a robbery incident.
At the High Court, he was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy to murder and murder, contrary to Sections 324 and 319(1) of the Criminal Code Law Cap 17 Laws of Lagos State 2003.
After a prolonged trial, Lagos State High Court found Okeke guilty of the offences and sentenced him to death as charged.
Dissatisfied with the judgement, the convict appealed to the Court of Appeal which again upheld his conviction by the lower court.
The appellant proceeded to the Supreme Court, which last Friday also confirmed the death sentence passed on him by the two lower courts.