Delta Farmer To Die By Hanging For Killing Steward

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A Delta State High Court sitting in Ughelli has sentenced a 40-year-old farmer, Alex Obigho, to death by hanging for the murder of the steward and cook of the traditional ruler of Kiagbodo community.
The court presided over by Justice A. O. Akpovi, while delivering the judgment, found the accused guilty of the one count of murder proferred against him by the police.
Obigho had brutally murdered the victim, Okunu Diafa, a native of Kiagbodo community on June 22, 2012 at the boundary between Oviri-Olomu of Ughelli South Local Government Area and Kiagbodo, Burutu LGA.
He had claimed that Diafa was a thief responsible for stealing his farm produce. It was said that on the fateful day, Obigho allegedly caught the deceased on his farm and on sighting him, the man took to his heels.
The convict pursued Diafa with a machete and a fight ensued, during which he hacked him to death.
The murder had heightened tension in the two communities.
The judge in his judgment commended the traditional rulers of both communities for handling the matter with maturity without letting it snowball into a crisis.
He said, “The accused did not report the matter to the police for investigation; rather, he killed the man, absconded and sold his phone. This shows that the accused is hardened. He had the option to get the deceased arrested by the police instead of taking the law into his own hands.”