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31-yr-old man bags death sentence for fatally stabbing man in Niger

Chief judge of Niger state, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik, has sentenced a 31-year-old man, Hamza Mohammed, to death by hanging for homicide.

The judge convicted and handed down the sentence on Friday after finding him guilty of a two-count charge of joint act and culpable homicide.

It was reported earlier the Hamza involved in a rival clash between the youths of Kpakungu area and those of Barikin Saleh, all of Minna, which resulted in the death of one Isah Mohammed, who was stabbed to death by one Baba Usman.

The convict was said to be in the company of Baba Usman, currently at large, when the incident occurred.

Delivering judgement, Abdulmalik judge held that the prosecutor was able to prove the two-count charge against him beyond every reasonable doubt.

She said the joint act and culpable homicide, offences punishable under Section 221 and Section 79 of the Penal Code was established against the convict.

“The case of culpable homicide punishable by death is mandatory. You, Hamza Mohammed, is hereby convicted and sentenced to death by hanging until you are dead. May the Lord have mercy on your soul,” Justice Abdulmalik said.

Meanwhile, in another news…

Earlier this year, a 24-year-old man, Monday Abbah was sentenced to death by hanging by an Abeokuta High Court, for killing his colleague, Rapheal Osugbe.

The prosecution counsel informed the court that the convict and the deceased were the staff of the Lexis Plastic Company along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway and the incident occurred on February 13, 2017.

“On Feb. 13, 2017, the company’s truck, which was driven by Mr Rapheal Osugbe (deceased), wanted to offload goods; while he was reversing, the truck mounted on some empty containers which were inside a sack that the defendant was arranging.

“The defendant took one of the empty containers and threw it at Osugbe(deceased), who angrily came down from his truck, held onto the defendant and also slapped him, which led to a physical fight.

“In the process, Abbah who was holding on to a knife he uses to remove nylon from the plastic container, stabbed Osugbe in his neck and blood started gushing out. The deceased was immediately rushed to the hospital but unfortunately died on the way due to shortage of blood,” the prosecution said.