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A Lagos state High court in Ikeja, Thursday, sentenced two men, Chidebere Ani and Friday Charles, to death by hanging for robbing Kingsley Udoka Obasi of N5m at Elobus Supermarket, Ago palace way, Okota, Lagos.

The duo was found guilty by Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the offence which took place on September 9, 2011.

The convicts, Chidebere Ani (20) and Friday Charles (22), were arraigned by the Lagos State Government on a two count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery.

According to the State Prosecutors, Akin George and Afeez Owokoniran, the defendants on September 9, 2011 conspired among themselves and robbed the victim, Kingsley Obasi, a manager at Elobus Supermarket while he was conveying the supermarket’s daily sales proceed to the Managing Director’s house.

The state also held that while one of the convicts, Chidebere, who is also a staff of the supermarket provided the information about the movement of the money, Charles carried out the act by hitting the manager on the head with an iron rod.

The defendants were later arrested by the police and about N399, 000 was recovered from them.

The duo however, denied committing the crime, claiming that they never knew each other until when they met in the police custody.

However, their confessional statement says otherwise as they also both hail from the same local government.

In her judgment, Justice Ipaye held that the prosecution had proved the allegation beyond doubt.  She thereby sentenced the duo to death by hanging.

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