Symbol of justice
By Victor Efeizomor
A Delta State High Court has sentenced four youths to forty -five years imprisonment each for kidnapping and robbing the father of the former Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Chief Pa Arthur Okowa.
Pa Okowa, father of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa was kidnapped in 2009 in his residence at Efeizomor street, Boji Boji Owa, as he was preparing to attend a church service within the Metropolis, but regained freedom after three weeks in the captivity of his abductors.
The presiding judge, Justice C.O Ogisi while handing dawn the judgment yesterday at the High Court of justice sitting in Owa-Oyibu, in Ika North East local government area, said each of the accused persons are convicted and sentenced to thirty-five years each on counts 1 and 2 and ten years imprisonment on counts 3 and 4.
Justice Ogisi also said that the sentence is to run concurrently as the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that the accused persons committed the crime.
Justice Ogisi in the judgment that lasted for about one hour further stated that the court became convinced that the accused persons committed the offence following their confessional statement that linked them to the offence for which they were charge.
The accused persons; Fresher Aiworo, Victor Ajulor, Bright Onyemani and George Ogala, all male, according to the charge sheet, were charged with offence of committing armed robbery, punishable under section 1(2)(a) of the robbery and firearms (special provision) Act and Kidnapping , punishable under section 516(A)(1) of the criminal code of the laws of the Federation.