Car thief to die by hanging

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For robbing a woman of her car at gunpoint, a man has been sentenced to die by hanging by a Jos High Court in Plateau State.

Twenty-eight-year-old Auwalu Sule was convicted by Justice Y.G. Dakwak for robbing the woman of her Toyota Corolla car.

The accused pleaded guilty to the charge.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday quoted Justice Dakwak, who found Sule guilty of the charge preferred as saying: “Due to evidence before this court presented by the prosecution and your admittance to committing the crime, the court has found you guilty.”

“You are hereby sentenced to death by hanging for robbery.

“You shall be hanged by the neck till you are dead, may God have mercy on your soul”.

The convict was first arraigned on March 19, 2014 on a one-count charge of robbery.

The prosecutor, Mr G.D. Fwomyon, also the Director of Public Prosecution, told the court that Sule, in company of two others still at large, committed the offence on Dec. 5, 2013.

Fwomyon said Sule, with two others were armed with a locally made pistol when they robbed Mrs Zipporah Mang of her car, valued at N3 million.

He said that on the said date, Sule and others trailed Mang to her home behind WAEC Office, Bukuru, Jos, and robbed her at gun point.

The prosecuting counsel said the convict told the police in a confessional statement that he and two others, Abba and Tutu, whom he met in prison sometime in 2010, met on the said date at Anguwan Rukuba to arrange the robbery.

He explained that Sule said Abba, who knew the complainant and her address, guided them to her house, but on reaching there, met her absence.

He added that the gang alighted from a tricycle when they saw the complainant upon her return and pointed a gun at her as they took away her car.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 1(2)(b) of the Robbery and Firearms ACT, CAP R11 of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, an offence punishable with death upon conviction.

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