Kidnapping & robbery: Bus driver, trader, others get the death penalty in Delta

by Rachel Ogbu


A 32-year-old commercial bus driver along with three others has received death sentences for armed robbery, kidnapping in Delta state.

First bus driver, Efe Taire was sentenced to death by hanging after a high court sit-ting in Warri, Delta found him guilty of a four-count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and demanding N30 million ransom.

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According to reports, Taire with  three other accomplices who are still on the run robbed one Tommy Etejire of his RAV 4 SUV on January 21, 2011. They also held him 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.

Next, the Asaba and Effurun high courts handed down two death sentences to a trader and bricklayer respectively. Michael Taiye, a bricklayer was found  guilty of a three-count charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms in 2006 while Moses Chukwuemeka, a 25-year-old trader from Ebonyi State was sentenced to death in Asaba 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.


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