A High Court sitting in Umuahia has sentenced a former police officer, Corporal Umaru Mohammed to death by hanging over the killing of his colleague, Clement Amaechi, in 2011.
Both of them were officers in the Abia state police command.
Immediately after the delivery of the judgment, Mohammed refused to be handcuffed and taken away as he warned all the prison warders to stay away from him.
He was eventually subdued by armed officers in the courtroom.
Mohammed attempted to snatch a gun from one of the warders that brought him to the court before he was subdued by security men.
Delivering judgment on the matter Justice Agwu Umah Kalu said the prosecution proved unequivocally that the gunshots fired by the accused person at close range killed the deceased, adding that it is an offence that is punishable under section 319, cap 1 of the criminal code in the state.
Justice Kalu said the accused deserves no sympathy and ordered that he should be hanged by the neck until he is confirmed dead, stressing that it should serve as a deterrent to those who may want to embark on such senseless venture.