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Court sentences three kidnappers to death by hanging in Rivers

The High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced three persons to death by hanging for kidnapping and murder

Out of four suspects, who stood trial for the kidnapping and killing of late Chief Abbot Ogbobula in June 2017, one of them was discharged and acquitted by the court.

The three convicts were identified as Boma Thompson, Emelike Mathias, and Daniel Thankgod.

They were found guilty on four counts of conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping, conspiracy to murder, and murder of late Chief Abbot Ogbobula.

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Court sentences three kidnappers to death by hanging in Rivers
Court sentences three kidnappers to death by hanging in Rivers

On conspiracy to kidnap, Justice Monina Danagogo in a copy of the judgment he delivered on Thursday, January 18, convicted and sentenced the 1st, 2nd, and 4th defendants to seven years imprisonment with no option of fine.

On the kidnapping of late Chief Abbot Ogbobula, the judge convicted and sentenced the 1st, 2nd, and 4th defendants to death by hanging.

On conspiracy to murder late Chief Abbot Ogbobula, he sentenced the 1st, 2nd, and 4th defendants to 14 years imprisonment with no option of fine.

On the murder of Chief Abbot Ogbobula, the 1st, 2nd, and 4th defendants were convicted and sentenced to death by hanging or by lethal injection.

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It could be recalled that in June 2017, the late Chief Ogbobula was kidnapped in Ahoada and whisked away to Manikin Bush in Degema LGA where he later died at the hands of his abductors.

Though his abductors buried him in a shallow grave in the bush, his body was later exhumed by the police during investigations.

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