The Akwa Ibom State High Court has sentenced two men to death by hanging after murdering their uncle over landed property.
The assailants identified as Joseph Etim and Christopher Macaulay were sentenced on Wednesday, November 24.
The presiding judge, Justice Okon Okon stated that the accused crime was punishable by death under Section 326 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 38, Vol. 2, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2000.
Imeobong Edet, who is a brother to the deceased sent the assailants to murder his brother and promised them a part of the landed property if they successfully carried out the crime.
Edet who was arrested alongside the assailants died while in detention and his name was subsequently struck out of the case.
The judge said: “The sentence of this court upon you, Joseph Usen Etim and Christopher Sunday Macaulay, is that each of you, be hanged by the neck until you be dead. May God have mercy on your souls.”
Meanwhile, two masked gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have reportedly snatched a toddler from her mother in Ondo State.
The incident, Naija News understands, happened on Wednesday, November 24, at about 8:00 PM around Second Gate axis of the Army Barracks, along Ondo road, Akure.
The aggrieved mother, Taiwo Fashina told newsmen that the gun-wielding men raided her apartment shortly after returning home from a church programme.
Fashina explained further that the assailants arrived in an unregistered Mercedes car after she had opened her gate.
According to her, the masked men pointed their gun at her and threatened to shoot her if she refused to hand over her car key.
“They asked me to lie on the ground so I could not look up, but faintly I saw one of them carrying something, but I just thought they were carrying a bag and I didn’t know whether it was my baby girl they carried,” the PUNCH quoted Fashina as saying.
She added: “They used masks to cover their noses and mouths and asked me not to shout. They didn’t go in the car, they only went with the car key.