The High 1, sitting in Lafia has sentenced a forty-seven-year-old Mrs. Ijeoma Okoli of Shagari road in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State to death by hanging.
The housewife was guilty of killing her husband, Innocent Okoli in 2013, the presiding Judge, Justice, Suleiman Umar Dikko, while delivering the judgment said the mother of three daughters was guilty of culpable homicide
The Chief Judge cited section 221 of the penal court of Northern Nigeria applicable to Nasarawa state that the accused be sentenced to death by hanging.
The presiding Judge, Justice Suleiman Umar Dikko averred that Ijeoma was convicted and sentenced to die by hanging based on the shreds of evidence before him.
Mrs. Okoli who denied the allegations leveled against her said, she didn’t kill her husband but investigations and subsequent trials on the matter revealed that Mrs. Okoli killed her husband.
Through circumstantial evidence, it was gathered that she was the killer, because, she was the last person that was with him when the incident occurred.
Justina Alkali Ally who represented the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Abdulkarim Kana on the matter thanked the court for granting Justice to the deceased.
“We are grateful that the court used the law appropriately for Justice.”
Counsel to the defendant, Marcus Abbu of Justice Advocates Abuja pleaded for allocutus, that the judge should temper Justice with mercy, considering that the accused have children to care for, hence it should be reduced to life imprisonment to enable her children to visit her.