Abia High Court Sentences Two Ex-Vigilante Member to Death by Hanging For Murder

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A court of competent jurisdiction in sitting in Ukwa has sentenced two members of defunct Bakassi to death namely Mr Ugochukwu Amaugo and Me Udo Ogba Oka for murder.

The court verdict seen by Newsmirrorng.com reads

1.Ukwa High Court in Abia State has earlier on Thursday sentenced two men of defunct Bakassi Group now the Abia State Vigilante Services., Mr Ugochukwu Amaugo and Mr Udo Ogba Oka both middle aged
men to death by hanging for Murder.

The judgment which was read out and pronounced by Hon. Justice C.H. Ahuchaogu found them guilty of an alleged case of murder which occurred on the 30th of August, 2013.

It would be recalled that the convicts who were members of the defunct Bakassi group now Abia State Vigilante Services had stated that on the 30th of August, 2013 they had arrested two young men named, Temple Nwakanma and Martins Azih around Osisioma, Aba and claimed to have found them in possession of firearms, cartridges and knives.

They had moved them from there and headed to their Umuahia office when they met some men of the Nigerian Army at Abia tower who, after interrogation requested that the boys be handed over to them which they did.

They claimed not knowing the names of the military men neither did they get a note from them as at the time of that handover.

Ever since, the whereabouts of the young men have been unknown as the members of the Nigerian Army situated in the area of the incidence had denied receiving any of such men as claimed by members of the Abia State Vigilante Services.

Meanwhile, efforts made to ascertain the whereabouts of those young men have since proved abortive in the last 11years.

The matter has however been in court since after the incident and came to a conclusion yesterday Thursday , as Hon. Justice Chibuzo Ahuchaogu sentenced both men of the defunct Bakassi group, now Abia State Vigilante Services to death by hanging for failing to prove beyond every reasonable doubt that they had handed the boys to men of the Nigeria Army and as such knew nothing about their disappearance.

The judgement was on Thursday, pronounced on the basis of murder of the victims, Mr. Temple Nwakanma and Mr. Martins Azih respectively.

Our Correspondent Reports that the judgment was delivered at about 10:am Thursday.

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