Nigerian soldier sentenced to death by hanging

A Nigerian soldier, Corporal Moses Olurunfemi has been sentenced to death by hanging by a Makurdi High Court after being found guilty of  culpable homicide.

The convict before his conviction was attached to 81 Intelligence Corp of the Nigerian Army in Lagos.

According to the First Information Report, FIR, filed in Court by the Police prosecutor, the convict had on the 19th of September 2009 allegedly strangulated his girl friend Miss Mercy Ajagbonna at her residence for undisclosed reasons.

The late Miss Ajagbonna was until her death a staff of the Federal Medical Center, Makurdi and resided at  Kwararafa quarters in Makurdi town.

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In the course of the trial however, the convict told the court in evidence that he did not murder Mercy, claiming that he was away in Lagos when the incident happened.

The matter which dragged on for over three years was however rested yesterday when Justice Theresa Igoche ruled that the convict was guilty of the crime.

Justice Igoche noted that the evidence before her showed that Moses actually committed the act as he was the last person seen with the deceased at the time of her death.

She further stated that the Police prosecutor proved his case beyond reasonable doubt insisting that the soldier killed the nurse with whom he kept an intimate relationship.

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The judge added that the testimony of Doctor Zuwashi Ugem of the Federal Medical Center, Makurdi who performed a post-mortem on the remains of Mercy showed clearly that her neck was fractured which obviously led to her death.


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