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Final-year university student and 5 others sentenced to death for robbery

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A 500 level student of Maddibo Adama University, Yola and five others have been sentenced to death by hanging for armed robbery by a high court in the state.

The high court, presided by Justice Abdulazeez Waziri, convicted the six for conspiracy and armed robbery and gave them the maximum sentence, saying he has no option under the law to treat them any less.

The student, Munbe Bala, who is of the Department of Mathematics and Education of the university in Girei, Yola, was convicted alongside a former staff of Nigeria Communications Satellite, Abuja, Afu Stephen, and the quartet of Peter Eli, Hassan Yusuf, Bobi Mabudi and Emmanuel Kenneth.

The six were arraigned before the court on the charges of conspiracy and armed robbery, to which they subsequently pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution thereafter called eight witnesses and tendered six documents that were admitted as exhibits.

The specific claims of the prosecution were that the suspects had on 29th and 31st of August, 2015 respectively in Boshikiri town, Guyuk Local Government Area mounted an illegal roadblock on a bridge along with Lafiya-Savannah Sugar Company Ltd.

It was established that the six, while armed with offensive weapons, mounted the roadblock with drums and stones and robbed travelers of their belongings.

The court said the convicts had formed a common intention to commit robbery while wearing military uniforms and armed with single barrel guns and locally made pistols, cutlasses, and knives.

In their confessional statements, the convicts mentioned how they first blocked the road on the 29th August 2015 when they stopped a Toyota starlet coming from Gombe State and robbed the occupants of six mobile phones and got N9,500 which they shared N1,500 each.

They added that on the 31st August 2015 at 10:00 pm, they went back to the same spot fully armed and blocked the road again, whereby the drivers of three trucks conveying cement, banana, and stockfish abandoned their vehicles and fled upon seeing them, and that they searched the vehicles and realized N11,200 and four handsets.

They added that on their way back home, they met with members of a vigilante group who fired gunshots twice and that they ran inside a maize farm but were caught the next day.

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