Death Sentence over N39,000 Robbery

Death Sentence over N39,000 Robbery

Two Fulani brothers were, at the weekend, in Makurdi, Benue State, sentenced to death by hanging by a state High Court for armed robbery.

The convicted brothers, Abubakar Yau and Ibrahim Yau, were sentenced to death for robbing their victim of a sum of N39,040 and handsets. They were alleged to have on March 28, 2009, conspired and robbed at gunpoint one Simon Tartyough and Isaac Kerna both of Guma Local Government Area of the state of their valuable property on Makurdi-Guma road.

In his judgment, last week, the Chief Judge of Benue State, Justice Iorhenen Hwande, asserted that the law maintained that a person convicted of armed robbery had no option but death sentence, punishable under section 1(2) (b) of the Robbery and Firearms Special provision Act.

Justice Hwande, who read the judgment himself, was, however, interpreted in Hausa language for lucid understanding of the two convicts.

The two convicts, 30-year-old Abubakar and his brother, Ibrahim both cattle herdsmen, lived in Innundu village of Guma Local Government Area of the state at the time of the offence.

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