Mr. Godwin Elewana, the man, who allegedly shot dead a 22-year-old, Douglas Ojugbo, on March 10, 2015, over suspicion that the victim was having an affair with his daughter, Mercy, was on Wednesday sentenced to death by hanging.
The judgment was handed down by a Cross River State High Court sitting in Calabar after it was proved beyond all reasonable doubts that Elewana, a retiree, and ex-worker of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, was guilty of murder.
Justice Ukpa Ebitam while giving the judgment said, “The prosecution team was able to establish ingredients of murder against the accused. On whether it was the act of the accused that caused the death of the victim, the prosecution team placed reliance mostly on the confessional statement of the accused…clearly, the statement linked the murder to the accused.
“The prosecution team also proved the second ingredient of murder which was the intentional act. To have fired the victim twice with his pump-action gun, I agree that the killing was intentional. I hereby find the accused person guilty of murder.”