Court Convicts Twins for Armed Robbery

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Michael Olugbode
A court has convicted twin brothers for armed robbery in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The two brothers were arraigned before High Court Number 13, sitting in Maiduguri.

But before judgment could be passed, one of the twin brothers died in detention.
Delivering judgment on Tuesday, Justice Fadawu Umar, said the accused, Mohammed Goni (alias Hassan) was found guilty of Section 221 of the Penal Code and will be hanged.

He said Goni will be hanged to death for the murder of one Musa Mohammed , a tricycle rider on May 31, 2014.
He said the accused conspired with his twin brother Ibrahim Goni ( alias Husseini )and took the deceased with his tricycle to an uncompleted building at New GRA where they murdered him, buried his corpse and took away his tricycle.

The judge said bubble however bust when the tricycle was recovered from one Ajayi who upon interrogation took the police to the accused as those he bought the tricycle from.
He said on further interrogation of Mohammed Goni and his twin brother, Ibrahim Goni the main suspects, they took the police to the uncompleted building at New GRA where the deceased was exhumed .
He said the twin brother of the accused , Ibrahim Goni did not live to be part of the final judgement following his death while in detention.

The trial judge, before sentencing the accused noted that the offence committed is a capital offence contrary to section 221 of the penal code which is culpable homicide punishable with death.

He however noted that in criminal trial , the burden of proof lies on the prosection to prove that the accused caused the death of the deceased , adding that in the case at hand , the prosection established that the deceased died as a result of strangulation by the accused and that the body was exhumed 8 days after the accused buried the body of the deceased in an uncompleted building which was later taken to Gwange Cemetery for proper burial.

He said: “I have no doubt that the offence of culpable homicide punishable with death have been committed, the accused is hereby convicted of the crime.

He added that: “I have considered the plea of allocuto personally made by the convict as well as that made on his behalf by counsel. The convict is hereby sentenced to death by hanging and may God have mercy on him.”