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Delta Court Sentences Man to Death for Stealing Mobile Phone & N10,000



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A Delta High Court on Monday sentenced a man to death for allegedly stealing a mobile phone and N10,000.

According to Guardian, the accused, 24-year-old Vincent Okwekwu along with two other accomplices who are at large, broke into an individual’s flat in November 2009, and robbed them of N10,000 and a mobile phone while armed with a gun and cutlass.

The owners of the flat raised an alarm during the incident and Okwekwu was arrested, but his accomplices escaped.

Okwekwu was convicted for “conspiracy to commit armed robbery, the substantive offence of armed robbery, which was reduced to a lesser offence of robbery.”

He was subsequently sentenced to death by hanging for the offence of conspiracy, and got a 21-year jail term for the other two counts.

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  1. Ekene

    March 25, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    For the fact that they are armed, with the intention to kill

    • Ifybaby (Adewale's wife)

      March 25, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Your comment makes a lot of sense. I was thinking the sentence is extremely harsh, but on second thoughts, why were they armed? Hopefully this will be a deterrent to other would-be robbers.

  2. Omalicha

    March 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    death sentence for conspiracy???? haba that is extreme on so many levels….he can do time for the crime, but not death sentence for conspiracy

  3. EllesarisEllendil

    March 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    An appeal court will reduce it. Armed robbery should get minimum of 25 years, if somebody dies kill them.

  4. Betty

    March 25, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    What kind of judgement is this?

  5. Mrs Sanomi.

    March 25, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Life seems to have lost its value and meaning in this country. Yes he intended to kill as he carried a gun, but he did not kill. Oh God! Well this will maybe discourage the armed robbers wanna be out there. SMH

    • Ebony

      March 25, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      I’m not for the sentence, but if someone goes around carrying gun with live ammunition, you can’t say “yes he intended to kill.., but he did not kill…”.
      Yes he did not kill (as at the time he was caught), but do you know if he has killed before? Especially as we do not have a strong crime investigation process.

  6. tunmi

    March 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Death is excessive and the 21-year sentence should be pleaded down to 15 for time served, I assume he has been in jail since 2009. No one died, and it was armed robbery.

  7. Zeal

    March 25, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    hmmmm, and Uduagah is silently killing Deltans everyday and he is still alive. SMH

  8. oy

    March 25, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    na wa o, dem know them before? why the harsh sentence? no chance to even become better people sef. God dey o

  9. dearestzee

    March 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Death ke?even if hes armed we all know how the country situation is and he didn’t kill anyone,the Judge is crazy.very harsh

  10. ms.b

    March 25, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Some judges come to court and pour their frustration on the defendant or whoever their judging. Nigeria Police and Judiciary are the most corrupt in this country. The noble profession is wish-wash in nigeria, only the poor go to jail. The man might be innocent sef

    • Education

      March 25, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Ignorance is a disease. It is neither the Judge’s discretion nor fault. Go and read the Robbery and Firearms Act of Nigeria. Armed Robbery has been enacted by the lawmakers as an offense punishable by death. I think before it used to be by firing squad, but now according to the Criminal Code, it is by hanging. Please educate yourself before you criticize our profession.

    • ms.b

      March 25, 2015 at 11:03 pm

      And ya”all have done nothing to change it? Killing someone for stealing but u let d rich go free for doing same? I stand by my word, nigeria judiciary is corrupt, judges receiving bribe daily. Learned colleagues indeed. The judge didn’t use any discretion before pronouncing that sentence. He or she was obviously frustrated. Nigeria makes Law a very boring practice cos there is NO justice in this country due to very corrupt judges.

    • Blessmyheart

      March 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      I agree that the sentence is harsh however, if that is the law then it is not the place of the Judiciary to change it. That is the job of the Legislative arm and the reasons for constitutional. reforms.

  11. @edDREAMZ

    March 25, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Only in naija this things happen….

  12. ATL's finest

    March 25, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Huh?? And Ex- governor Ibori is still alive all he did? I know MLK jnr. didn’t die for this ignorance.

  13. Rev Gospel Oyise

    March 25, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    That judge is a controvesial one , he need to be tried and punish because his judgement was so unentical .

  14. Bobo

    March 25, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    What would GEJ say?

  15. mz willz

    March 25, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    And Bode George was sentenced to jst 2yrs for stealing millions……Nigeria,a country where anything will happen and not nothing will happen.God,plz help us!

  16. Ifybaby (Adewale's wife)

    March 25, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    ‘Referring to the first comment, by Ekene.’

  17. Tiwa

    March 25, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    The minimum sentence for robbery in Nigeria is death, the judge cannot exercise discretion in imposing such sentence. The amount stolen is irrelevant, provided he was armed and clearly had intention to inflict bodily harm if resisted.
    The fact that nobody died is no excuse, for all you know, he may have committed previous robberies where people lost their lives.
    Anyone that has ever been robbed at gun point or know persons that have lost their lives during commission of a robbery will not think this sentence excessive
    He had it coming and got what he deserved.
    @ ms.b, get a firm grasp of the law before insulting judges

    • ssah

      March 25, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      that has got to be the only reason ‘cos if not, the sentence is harsh o. i know abroad if someone is caught stealing, the charge is less than if he/she is caught stealing with “arms”… still, this sentence is too harsh, plus how come the politicians who steal millions are not sentenced to death immediately?

  18. Amani

    March 25, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    I don’t care how inhumane this sounds, but I do not feel sorry for him one bit, that is if he actually committed the crime. I have been robbed at both gunpoint and ‘cutlass-point’ and I know how scary it is. Till date, I still shiver when I think about it. In fact, armed robbers should be sentenced to death! Yes, I’m pained. By the time the others see their cronies being hung to death, they will desist from it

    • ssah

      March 25, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      honestly i dont feel sorry for him either but I wish they had given him some years in the prison with hard labour,(unless he actually killed someone) maybe he’ll become a better person, everyone deserves a good chance

  19. jojo

    March 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Misplaced justice. The punishment should fit the crime. What is going on? Just being blood thirsty?

  20. lakelizzy

    March 25, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Nigerian legal system… Sigh.

  21. lakelizzy

    March 25, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Nigerian legal system….. Sigh 🙁

  22. val

    March 25, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    A pity…its a bit severe but of course we cant say for sure if he has neva killed before.Lord have mercy!

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