A National Youths Service Corps, NYSC , member has been sentence to death for offences of army robbery.
The appellant was a member of the National Youth Service Scheme posted to Comprehensive Secondary
School, Ukpom in Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
On the 13th August 2005, he was arraigned before the High Court of Akwa Ibom Ikono Judicial Division on four count charge of armed robbery, contrary to section 1(2) (G) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act. Cap. 398 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990.
The charge against him was that on the 31st November, 2004 one Dr. Clement Adolf Bassey (who Iater testified in this case as Pw1) travelled with one Pius Akpan (who later testifies as Pw2) from Uyo to Ukpom Ita. At Edet Ukpom market, pw1 who was driving his official car, a Peugeot 504 saloon Car Bestline 2000 series, turned into the premises of Edet Community bank. It was at this point a Mercedes Benz car with three occupants, which had apparently been trailing him, overtook his car. Two of the three occupants in the Mercedes Benz car alighted and fired their automatic rifles sporadically and ordered Pw1 and Pw2 out of their car.
The attackers robbed them of the Peugeot car, valued N2,000,000, driving licence, 3 cheque books, 2 GSM handsets valued N75,000 and numerous official documents, properties of Pw1.
In the course of the robbery, one of the robbers, (discovered later to be the appellant) dropped a wallet, which pw2 retrieved after the robbers had driven off. The wallet contained an ID card issued from the Institute of Management Technology, Enugu (IMTE).
Pw2 and Pw2 reported the matter to the police at Ukpan Uwana and made statements to the police; and after thorough investigations; the appellant was arrested and subsequently arraigned before the trial court. At the trial Prosecution called 5 witnesses and tendered 10 exhibits, to prove its case. On his part, the appellant who denied the charges against him gave evidence in his defence and called two witnesses, and tendered 4 exhibits.
The learned counsel for both the appellant and the respondent addressed the trial court. Godwin Abraham (J) in a considered judgment convicted and sentenced the appellant to death by hanging.
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