High Court 4 in Anambra State yesterday sentenced a 32-year-old man,
Echezona Umeokanne, to death by hanging. Umeokanne was sentenced to
death 13 years after he was arrested for armed robbery and unlawful possession of fire arms,
convict, who was 19 years old when he was first arraigned in 1999, was
arrested by the police on July 7, 1999, following a complaint by one
Ngozika Nwadim, whose motorcycle was snatched at gun point on Ezinifite Road in Ikenga town. Umeokanne has since then been standing trial for the crime.
counsel from the state Directorate of the Public Prosecution, (DPP),
Mr. Daniel Ejabukwa, told the court that Umeokanne committed the crime,
contrary to Section 1 (2) (a) of Robbery and Fire Arms (special
provisions) Act, Cap 398, Vol. 22 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN).