You must die, Supreme Court tells convict

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Justice Mahmud Mohammed, Chief Justice of Nigeria

Justice Mahmud Mohammed, Chief Justice of Nigeria

The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the death sentence passed on Ayiere GodsGift by the Court of Appeal in Calabar for the murder of a teenager, Okon Edem.

Delivering the Judgment, Justice Suleiman Galadima, held that the decisions of both trial and appellate courts were given in line with the provision of the law that criminalised such an act.

Galadima said that the convict’s action was contrary to Section 319(1) of the Criminal Code C.16 Vol.111, laws of the Cross River State 2004.

“In view of the forgoing, I find that the court below rightly affirmed the decision of the trial court.

“This was, however, done after all exhibits were properly admitted in evidence and acted upon.

“In sum, I hold that this appeal is lacking in merit and it is accordingly dismissed,” Galadima held.

He further said: “the judgment of the court below which endorsed the judgment of the trial court is hereby affirmed.”

The convict’s appeal was against the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Calabar Division, delivered on July 4, 2014.

The appellate court in Calabar had gone ahead to affirm the judgment of the Cross River State High Court delivered on March 10, 2010.

The appellant therein was convicted of the offence of murder of a teenager, Okon Edem of Grace and Gold Nursery/Primary School, Calabar.

GodsGift was accused to have on October 8, 2007 between 12noon and 1p.m. gone to his victim’s school to kidnap him.

It was alleged that the convict deceived both the school security man and late Edem’s teacher as an uncle to the pupil.

The charge had it that while the search for Okon was on, the victim’s father received a telephone call from someone who identified himself as “Johnson”.

It was therefore alleged that the “faceless Johnson” demanded for a ransom of three million …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper