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Eight people sentenced to death by hanging attack journalists in Adamawa court

NEWSEight people sentenced to death by hanging attack journalists in Adamawa courtPublished on January 17, 2019 By Daily Post Staff

Some journalists were on Thursday attacked by eight people condemned to death by hanging by a Yola High Cour.

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.

Reacting to the violence perpetuated by the convicts, the state Controller of Prisons in Adamawa, Umar Audu, said the authorities made adequate preparation by providing 10 prison wardens to take them to court, but that the actions of the convicts came against all expectations.

He said the convicts, now back in prison, had shown remorse for their actions, and that the prison authorities would reach out to the victims of the convicts’ actions.

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