A Plateau High Court sitting in Barkin-Ladi on Thursday sentenced a 37-year-old man, Benjamin Toma, to death by hanging for killing his wife, Vicky.
Justice Samson Gang, in a 68-paged judgement, pronounced Toma guilty of a one-count of culpable homicide, punishable by death, under section 221 of the penal code.
He said, “Going by the findings of this court, you, Benjamin Toma, mercilessly and in a calculative manner, took the life of your wife in cold blood.
“You have not shown any remorse for your reprehensible act at the time of the incident and throughout the entire trial.
“You were exhibiting such character traits that seem to suggest your deep conviction about the justness of your wicked and callous act.
“In all of this, your two children are the ultimate losers, but the law shall nonetheless take its course; the offence for which you are being charged, does not contemplate a plea in mitigation.
“The sentence of this court upon you is that you, Benjamin Toma, will be hanged until you are dead.”
Toma was arraigned on October 13, 2014, to answer a one-count of culpable homicide punishable with death, under section 221 of the penal code.
He was said to have committed the crime on March 4, 2014.
Toma was specifically accused of using an iron rod to kill the wife and also using a rope to tie her neck before hanging her in the store, to give the impression that she killed her self.
When the suspect appeared in court, he, however, pleaded not guilty to the allegation of killing his wife and claimed that she took her life by hanging herself.
But while standing in court as a prosecution witness, Sgt. Sunday Abu, who investigated the case, however, told the court that Toma, in a confessional statement, had said that on the said date (March 4), he demanded sex from his wife, at about 1 a.m.
He said, “He (Toma) further confessed that his wife refused to grant his request, and declared that Vicky had persistently rejected that demand for more than one year on the suspicion that he had HIV/AIDS.
“Toma said that because of this wife’s allegation, he went to the hospital and confirmed he had hepatitis and not HIV.
“He told investigators that on that night, he struggled with his wife and later used an iron rod to hit her.
“He said that when she fell, he left her there for two hours, and later took her out of the room and used a rope to hang her in a bid to conceal his action.”
Abu, who submitted the confessional statement in court as evidence, quoted Toma as saying that he acted alone without any help, adding that even the children were fast asleep and did not know what was happening.
Toma promptly owned up to this statement that bore his thumbprint.
He said he was not under duress when he made the two confessional statements, first at the Barkin-Ladi Divisional police headquarters and later at the state CID, all of which contained his acceptance of the deed.
Late Vicky’s mother, Ngo Titi Sambo, who also appeared as a prosecution witness, told the court that she heard people crying at her daughter’s matrimonial home and branched over only to discover the body of her daughter hanging from the roof.
Sambo said she called her son, one Captain, who observed that the table the accused claimed Vicky stood on, to commit the said suicide, was very far away from her.
Captain also noticed some lacerations and wounds on her, which prompted him to invite the police as he suspected foul play.
Speaking after the judgement, Mr. David Adudu, defence counsel, said that the judgement was right in view of the evidence presented in the court.
He said, “Justice is a two-way traffic; justice for the state, the accused and the victim.
“However, there is a window for the convict to appeal. We shall study the judgement and know what steps to take, but for now, we are satisfied with the judgement.”
Governor Seyi Makinde walks around the streets of Ibadan to pacify residents
Nigerian Businessman, Politician and Philanthropist Seyi Makinde who is the governor of Oyo State is currently the talk of social media
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State was seen walking around the streets of Ibadan on Wednesday October 21, trying to reassure and pacify citizens due to the nationwide chaos prompted by the endsars protest.
In the footage recorded by an onlooker, Makinde could be seen surrounded by his security entourage as he walked up to the protesters who cheered as he waved at them.
Watch the video below;
— Akpraise (@AkpraiseMedia) October 21, 2020
I Submitted My Resignation To Delta State SSG And Refunded N100K Paid Allowance -Harrison Gwamnishu
Nigerian social justice advocate, Harrison Gwamnishu said he just submitted his resignation letter to the Delta State Government.
The advocate a.ka as The Director-General Behind Bars who was appointed to be part of the panel of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality.
He tendered his resignation following the massacre of the lives of innocent protest at Lekki-Toll Gate area in Lagos.
Also, he refunded the allowance paid to him by the government.
Read his tweet below;
Today, I submitted my resignation to DELTA STATE SSG.
N100,000 Sitting allowance paid on Monday 19th October, 2020 returned to the SSG.
If killing us will stop the harrassment, extra judicial killings and extortion by Nigeria Police and other Security Agencies in Nigeria, pic.twitter.com/062aGvnS9o
— Harrison Gwamnishu (Behind Bars)🇳🇬🇺🇸 (@HarrisonBbi18) October 21, 2020
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A section of Oriental hotel in Lekki, Lagos state has been destroyed by a mob, in the aftermath of the Lekki massacre.
There have been ongoing protests in Nigeria over two weeks with citizens agitating for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, over flagrant disregard of their human right.
However, that took a grief-stricken turn in Lekki, Lagos state on Tuesday night as defenseless protesters were gunned down by soldiers, following an alleged order by the Lagos state government to security forces to crackdown on defaulters of a hastily imposed restriction.
The shooting led to the death of several people as many were also injured.
Security operatives had stormed the scene of the protest after the Lagos Government announced a 24-hour curfew and opened fire, with the intent to kill many people.
As many turned up to social media to share the Live video clips of the tragic incident, many people could be seen with various degrees of injuries. The scale of the damage could not be ascertained.
In the aftermath, more violent protests emerged across the country, leading to mass destructions of properties.
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