Killers of Kachikwu’s Uncle to Die by Hanging
Killers of the 75-year-old uncle of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Diokpa Felix Boise, were thursday sentenced to death by hanging.
A Delta State High Court sitting at Issele-Uku found the accused guilty of brutally murdering the minister’s septuagenarian relative in his farm on June 9, 2014 at Onicha-Ugbo, Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The court sentenced the three defendants, Sunday Luka, a 32-year old driver, Danjuma Kaika, aged 37 and 33-year-old Luka Agu, who all claimed to be from Nassarawa State, to death after a guilty verdict was pronounced on.
The three defendants who used to be labourers in the deceased farmer were arraigned on four- count charge of conspiracy to commit murder, murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
Justice C.I. Ogisi while delivering the verdict said the punishment for the offence was mandatory, adding that he lacked the discretionary power to mitigate the sentence.
Justice Ogisi, who convicted the 1st and second accused persons on all the charges, discharged the 3rd accused person on count 2 and 4 but was convicted on count 1 and 3.