NIGERIA: SUPREME COURT RE-AFFIRMS DEATH SENTENCE ON KILLER SECURITY GUARD
March 23, 2012: In Nigeria, the Supreme Court re-affirmed the death sentence passed on a security guard, Stephen Haruna, for the murder of his madam, Miss. E. N. Igwe.
The late Igwe was an Assistant General Manager, Legal, with the Power Holding Company of Nigeria.¬†
In the lead judgment delivered by Justice Suleiman Galadima, it was established that Haruna (the Appellant) was the only person in the house of the deceased at the time of her death.
Besides, there was no evidence of forceful entry into the house.
The Police recovered a number of exhibits which incriminated him.¬†
His confessional statement was corroborated by the discovery of the stolen money, which he kept with his girlfriend at Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja.
Haruna‚Äôs appeal was against the decision of the Court of Appeal, Abuja of January 22, ¬†which affirmed the decision of the High Court of Abuja Federal Capital Territory (FCT) delivered on October 6, 2008 in which he was convicted and sentenced to death for culpable homicide contrary to Section 221 of the penal code. (Sources: The Nation Newspaper, 26/3/2012)