A high court in Warri, Delta State has sentenced a 32-year-old commercial bus driver, Efe Taire, to death by hanging, having found him guilty of a four-count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and demanding N30 million ransom.
Similarly, a trader and bricklayer were also sentenced to death by the Asaba and Effurun high courts, respectively.
The commercial bus driver along with three others still at large robbed one Tommy Etejire of his RAV 4 SUV on January 21, 2011 at Upper Erejuwa, Warri and attempted to sell the car to a popularly car dealer at Agbor before he was arrested at a Police checkpoint around Ugorhu junction in Okpe.
Prosecution told the court that the convict and his gang members also held the owner of the car hostage and demanded a ransom of N30 million but later reduced it to N1.2 million, which was paid by his family before their victim finally regained his freedom.
Presiding judge, Justice M. Mukoro in sentencing him to death said the prosecution succeeded in proving its case beyond reasonable doubt.
Also, an Effurun High Court, yesterday, sentenced one Michael Taiye, a bricklayer to death having found him guilty of a three-count charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms.
He was arrested by policemen from Ekpan police station after sustaining gunshot injuries during a gun duel between his gang and police patrol team on January 11, 2006 while returning from a robbery operation.
In passing the sentence, the trial judge, Justice G.E. Gbemre said the prosecution left no one in doubt as the essential ingredients of armed robbery against the accused was proved beyond reasonable doubt
Similarly, one Moses Chukwuemeka, a 25-year-old trader from Ebonyi State was sentenced to death by an Asaba high court.
He has been on trial on a one-count charge of robbery committed behind the Ivories Golf and Country Club, Asaba in 2009 where he robbed an Okada man of his motorcycle while armed with a cutlass.