Court sentences police officer to death by hanging


An Umuahia High Court on Monday sentenced an ex-police Corporal Umaru Muhammed to death by hanging.

Justice Agwu Kalu held that the prosecution proved that the gunshots fired at one Cpl. Clement Amechi, at close range by Muhammed killed the deceased.

The court held that the action was an offence punishable under Section 319, Cap 1 of the Criminal Code applicable in the state, under which the offence was committed.

The court held that the accused deserved no sympathy and ordered that he should be hanged by the neck until he die.

NAN reports that Muhammed did not show any sign of remorse after the death sentence was passed on him.

He also refused to be handcuffed before he was taken away by the prison warders that brought him to court.

Mr. Muhammed of the Nigerian Police, Abia Command, and attached to Abia Government House, had on July 19, 2011, killed Mr. Amechi.

Mr. Amechi was said to be watching a movie in the room they shared when Mr. Muhammed went berserk and started shooting sporadically and incidentally killed his roommate.

Mr. Muhammed was later dismissed from the service after an orderly room trial and handed over for prosecution.


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