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22 Sep 2016

N5 million Robbery: Lagos court sentence 2 men to death by hanging

A High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday sentenced two men to death by hanging, Vanguard reports. 
Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye sentenced the convicts, 20-year-old Charles Friday, and Chidiebere Ani, 21 for robbing a supermarket manager of N5 million.
Counsel to the convicts Mr C. C. Ezebube had asked the Judge to be merciful in his judgment.
“I plead that the court considers the age of the defendants, as they are young people who deserve another opportunity in life to contribute meaningfully to society,” Ezebube said.
The prosecutor Mr Akin George, told the court that the convicts committed the offences on Sept. 9, 2011 at Elobus Supermarket, Ago Palace Way, Okota, Ikeja, Lagos.
“Friday, a salesman, who worked at Elobus Supermarket, conspired with Ani, a trader from Alaba Market, to steal money from the supermarket.
“On the day of the robbery, based on the insider information given to Ani by Friday, Ani laid in wait underneath the stairs of the storey building housing the supermarket.
“The Manager, Mr Kingsley Obasi, between 9.00 p.m. and 9.30p.m. uses the stairs to take money to the director’s office.
“When Obasi was heading to the director’s office, he was hit at the back of the head with a metal object by Ani, who made off with N5 million belonging to the supermarket as well as the manager’s phone,” he said.
The prosecutor said the convicts were caught when they were overhead discussing the robbery.
“Friday was overheard discussing the robbery with Ani on the phone by his colleagues at the supermarket, who confronted him and searched his phone where messages to his accomplice were discovered,” George said.
According to him, the offences were in violation of Sections 295 (2)(a) and 297 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
In his judgment Justice Ipaye said, “I have no doubt that the defendants are misguided youths like millions in the country.
“They are found guilty of the offences of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery.
“The defendants are to be hung by the neck until they are dead, and may the Lord Almighty have mercy upon your souls,” the judge ruled.
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