An High Court in Makurdi, Benue State has sentenced a a bus driver, Tanko Inalegwu, who robbed passengers of N68,000, to death by hanging.
In his ruling, Justice Hwande held that the prosecution proved before the court that the convict conspired with others, now at large to rob their victims of various sums of money totalling N68,000, on October 10, 2013.
He said that the convict and his gang had pretended to be passengers in the commercial vehicles in which they dispossessed the unsuspecting victims of cash at the old Customs House, North Bank, Makurdi – after which they pushed out the three victims from the moving vehicle.
The Judge stated that contrary to the victim’s claim, evidence tendered before the court showed clearly that the convict was a key player in the robbery.
Report said the convict had confessed to the police that he committed the offence, but later made a U-turn, claiming that he made the confessional statement after being tortured by the Police.
Justice Hwande said that the confessional statement provided enough ground for the verdict of the court and his conviction.
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This is pure insanity for a judge to make such a ruling. Death for stealing!!! This amounts to jungle justice.
The guy also says he was tortured into admission, does try hat not call for a further investigation.
The judge is acting out of character and equally needs probing to ascertain his grievance with the matter or the accused.
In all I did not support the hanging or death penalty on this issue.