by Hauwa Gambo
Cue our collective outrage reaction to this kind of news when political and business leaders across the country are getting away with the (alleged) theft of millions of naira daily.
Case in point, our report from March 27: Court vacates arrest warrant against sacked pension thief, Maina.
Well, a Ogwashi-Uku High Court in Delta has sentenced a 23-year old student, Aruhor Ezekiel, to death by hanging for robbing another student of N2,000 with a gun.
According to Vanguard, “The convict was arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms punishable under sections 1 (2)a and 3 (1) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R.II Vol. 14 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”
Prosecution led by Deputy Director in the state Ministry of Justice, Mr. E. Ferdinard, told the court that “Aruhor Ezekiel, on or about the 26th of July 2010 at Umu-Otu quarters within Ogwashi Uku judicial division robbed one Idakpo Friday of his Nokia handset, MP3, wallet containing N2,000, school identity card, clearance card and some complimentary cards while armed with a gun.”
He was also charged for “robbing one Ijie Theophilus of his phone and wallet while also armed with a gun.”
All victims, according to prosecution, were students of Ogwashi-Uku Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, while the convict was a student of Ozoro Polytechnic Ozoro, Delta State.