A Nigerian man, Obinna Echanu, has been sentenced to death by hanging for the murder of an Uber driver, Edwin Ali on December 26, 2016. The judgment was passed by a Federal High Court in Nyanya – Abuja, on Thursday, February 6, 2020.
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Echanu was dragged to court along with Everly Nnorom by the Nigeria Police Force on five charges including conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms, culpable homicide and armed robbery. According to the prosecution, Echanu, 42, conspired with Nnorom, 27, to kill the deceased with a revolver pistol.
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In his judgment, Justice Peter Kekemeke found Echanu guilty of culpable homicide and armed robbery. But his fellow accused, Nnorom, was discharged and acquitted of all charges as there was a lack of evidence to prove his participation in the crimes. According to the Judge, the conspiracy charge was invalid as the prosecution could not prove that Nnorom worked with Echanu in executing the crime.
Kekemeke further said that, notwithstanding, the police were able to make a strong case of culpable homicide and armed robbery against Echanu – leaving no room for doubt. Hence, he was sentenced to pay the ultimate price by hanging.
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Prior to the judgment, Echanu was accused by the Police of possessing a revolver pistol. The weapon was found with him on March 21, 2017. This, according to the Police, violates the Special Provisions Act of Robbery and Firearms.