A retired worker of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Godwin Elewana, had been sentenced to death by hanging on Wednesday by the Cross River State High Court sitting in Calabar
The court found Elewana guilty of the murder of a 22-year-old pupil, Douglas Ojugbo, on March 10, 2015 over suspicion that the victim was having an affair with his daughter, Mercy. Elewana, who had been in prison custody since 2016, was arraigned on one count of murder in case no. HC/9C/2015.
The presiding judge of the court, Justice Ukpa Ebitam, said the prosecution team, led by Mr. Eneji Amajama, a Deputy Director in the Department of Public Prosecutions in the state Ministry of Justice, proved its case that the accused committed the crime.Ebitam listed the several confessional statements, hospital reports and other exhibits presented in the course of trial as reasons the accused was convicted.
Shortly after the verdict, the leader of the prosecution team, Amajama, said the law had taken its course.
He said, “I thank God that we have industrious and sound judges who still uphold the rule of law. Today, the parents of the deceased would have some respite that the law of the land took its course. “This judgement will serve as a deterrent to others that you cannot do what is wrong and go away with it and I think that our society will be better for it. “The accused was tried under Section 319 of the Criminal Code of Cross River State. Under this section, the judge does not have the right to give him life imprisonment or any other jail term. The judge has just done what the law stipulates.” The mother of the victim, Mrs. Maria Ojugbo, said, “I thank God for doing what should be done. It is stated in the Bible that anyone who kills by the sword, will die by the sword. Elewana had no reason whatsoever to kill my son in such a manner and conceal the act by burying him. It was Almighty God that gave approval for this judgement.” #lagos2gwagwalad #urban #suburb