NIGERIA: EIGHT PEOPLE SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING ATTACK JOURNALISTS IN ADAMAWA COURT
January 18, 2019:
Some journalists were on 17 January 2019 attacked by eight people condemned to death by hanging by a Yola High Cour. (Sources: dailypost.ng, 17/01/2019)
The convicts, who were arraigned in 2015 for armed robbery, went berserk after their judgement was pronounced, pouncing on the nearest journalists, despite the restrictions of handcuffs and prison officials who took them to the court.
The affected journalists included one from the state television house, Adamawa Television (ATV) and one from the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).
The presiding judge of the state High Court 3 where the eight robbery suspects were tried, Justice Abdulaziz Waziri, said the convicted persons were found guilty on nine counts, and that the judgement followed a thorough review of the statements of both the prosecuting and defense counsels.
“The presentations of the counsels and those of witnesses proved beyond all reasonable doubts that the suspects were guilty of the charges against them,” the judge said.
He therefore pronounced death by hanging against them but stipulated that they had 90 days to appeal the judgement.
The convicted eight were; Aliyu Ardo, Sadiq Mijinyawa, Shaibu Abubakar, Sani Musa, Kabiru Abdullahi, Saidu Abubakar, Umar Mohammed and Sanusi Ibrahim.