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    Engineer Sentenced To Death For Armed Robbery In Lagos

    A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja on Monday sentenced a 28- year- old electrical engineer, Muyil Ahmed, to death by hanging for robbing a shop owner of N180,000 at gun point.

    Justice Kudirat Jose, who handed down the sentence, found the convict guilty of a two- count charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery.

    The convict and one Azeez Abass were arrested and charged to court by the Lagos State government for armed robbery.

    According to the charge, Ahmed, Abass and others at large, had sometimes in July 2012 in Ikorodu approached the complainant (names withheld) at around 9:00pm that they wanted to buy Mcdowell whisky.

    The complainant was said to have told them that she had closed for the night but they insisted on buying from her.

    During trial, the complainant, who testified in court, said while she was trying to get the drink, Ahmed pointed a gun at her and demanded for money.

    “I willing gave them N180, 000, but Ahmed and his gang demanded for more.

    “I tried to escape and it was in the process that I broke my leg and also sustained serious injuries,” she said.

    Ahmed, who said he was a trained electrical engineer, admitted that he robbed the woman but that he collected N50, 000 from her, and not N180,000 as she claimed.

    “I carried out four robbery operations before this one. I only collected N50,000 from her and not N180,000,” he said.

    Abass on the other hand denied partaking in the robbery that day.

    In her ruling, Justice Jose held that it was not how much that was collected but the motive of carrying out the crime.

    “The first defendant Muyil Ahmed is hereby sentenced to death, while the second defendant, Azeez Abass, is hereby discharged and acquitted,” the judge ruled.

    She said Abass was discharged‎ because the prosecution could not prove that he was at the scene of the crime.


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