Court sentences man to life imprisonment for attempted murder


Court sentences man to life imprisonment for attempted murder

An Ado-Ekiti High Court on Tuesday, sentenced a 32-year-old man, Muhammadu Abubakar, to life imprisonment for attempted murder.

Delivering judgment, the trial judge, Justice Adeleye held that the convict was guilty of attempted murder and illegal possession of firearms.

He said, “the defendant is found guilty as charged on count one, and he is sentenced to life imprisonment.

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“He is sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on count two”.

The defendant was arraigned on a two-count charge of attempted murder and unlawful possession of firearm.

According to the charge, on April 9, 2019 at Aba Cotonou, Omu-Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, the convict attempted to murder one Chief Samuel Amaa and  on the same day, a gun and cartridges were also found in his possession.

The offences run contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap C16  Laws of Ekiti State, 2012 and 3 (1) of Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act, Cap. R 11, Vol. 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Earlier in his testimony before the court, the victim said that he had confronted the convict while he saw him with his cattle grazing on his cassava farm.

He said, the convict suddenly got angry at him and pulled out his gun and shot at him but somehow he was overpowered by some residents, who arrested and handed him over to the police.

The prosecutor, Taiwo Ajibulu, had called four witnesses and tendered a gun, live cartridges and statements, among others as exhibits.

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