A 43-year-old businessman, Obinna Echianu, has taken his own life inside the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja. SaharaReporters gathered that Echianu was in 2020 sentenced to death for killing a cabbie identified as Edwin Ali in Abuja. However, his co-defendant, Everly Nnorom was discharged and acquitted.
Echianu was arraigned along with 27-year-old Nnorom, a student, by the police on five counts bordering on armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms, and culpable homicide. The prosecutor, Donatus Abah had told the court that the businessman, from Abia State and Nnorom, from Imo State on December 25, 2016, conspired to commit the offense of armed robbery and culpable homicide, punishable with death.
He said the duo, while armed with a Revolver Pistol and 33 live ammunition robbed one Inalegwu Edwin Ali of his Nissan Almera car and one mobile phone at Gosa pedestrian bridge, Airport Road, Abuja.
He said after both of them successfully robbed Ali, Echianu intentionally shot him in the head, causing his death. A source told SaharaReporters during the weekend that the businessman was so dejected about his conviction that he decided to terminate his life inside the prison.