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Religious crisis in Nigeria: Policeman to die for murder

A policeman Corporal Emmanuel Ochiba,that killed a 20 year old man during the 2001 Jos crisis has been sentenced to death by a Jos Court of Appeal  yesterday

Delivering judgment, Justice Bode Rhodes- Vivors said, “The court after examining the appeal brought before it by the accused has found beyond reasonable doubt that the accused shot the young man at close range contrary to Section 221 of the penal code, and the evidence given by one eye witnesses can be relied upon in the case of murder, rape and treason. Based on that, the court hereby upholds the decision of the lower court that earlier sentenced the accused to death by hanging”

Justice Bode said the witness, Barrister Jonathan Mawiyah, told the court that they were together with the deceased on September 12, 2001 when mobile policemen on patrol asked them to identify themselves along Lantang Road which they did. The accused asked them to kneel down after which he went to their van and brought a rifle and shot the deceased at close range and he died instantly.

He said though there was sporadic shooting on that day in Jos, the hospital investigation confirmed that the deceased was shot at close range.

Speaking with newsmen after the judgment, Plateau State Commissioner for Justice Mr Edward Pwajok expressed happiness, saying the state won at the state High Court but the accused appealed and lost so the governor would confirm the judgment either to carry out the death sentence or change it to life in prison as a prerogative mercy.