Man To Die By Hanging


A High Court in Aba, Abia has  sentenced a 30-year-old man to death by hanging for  kidnapping and murdering his victim.

Loveday Ahuchaogu, the kidnapper from Umuawa in Isiala-Ngwa Local Government Area of  the state and others still at large were facing a four-count charge for kidnapping  and murdering Mr Francis Ajayi on 28 July, 2008 at Umudike in Ikwuano, near Umuahia.

Ahuchaogu was charged with  kidnapping, murder, conspiracy and robbery.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Theresa Uzokwe, in her judgment ruled that the accused  was found guilty of the offences as charged and gave Ahuchaogu seven years  imprisonment with hard labour for conspiracy and 10 years with hard labour for  kidnapping.

The accused also got 10 years with hard labour for robbery and was condemned to  death by hanging for murder.

Mrs Ngozi Obioma, Director of Legal Services in charge of the Public Prosecution  Division of the Abia State Ministry of Justice, Aba Out-station who is the Lead  Prosecuting Counsel, told newsmen shortly after the court sitting that it was a fair  judgment.

Obioma said that Ahuchaogu’s defense was flimsy and frivolous against the weight and  gravity of evidence against him as adduced by the prosecution.

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She said that the evidence against the accused was overwhelming as he was caught  red-handed in the banking hall on camera while trying to cash the third tranche of  the ransom money.

She said that Ahuchaogu, who admitted collecting two other tranches of the ransom  money, was also implicated through the SIM card of the deceased that was tendered as  exhibit.

“It is my belief that justice is done today, everybody in Abia, particularly Aba  and environs will agree that the menace of kidnapping has been on the increase,  making the  residents to live in fear.

“It will also serve as a deterrent to others who may be nursing the idea of  embarking on such dangerous escapade,’’ Obioma said.

Mr I.U. Nwokocha, counsel to the accused, however, pleaded for leniency for his  client, according to  the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

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