2 sentenced to death for robbing supermarket manager

After six years in prison, two men were, on Thursday sentenced to death by hanging after being found guilty of armed robbery.

Chidebere Ani (20) and Friday Charles (22)  were accused of robbing one kingsley Udoka Obasi of about N5million at Elobus Supermarket, Ago Palace Way, Okota.

It was gathered that the duo committed the offence on September 9, 2011.

Chidebere, who is also a staff of the supermarket provided the information about the movement of the money, while Charles carried out the act by hitting the manager on the head with an iron rod.

Kingsley Obasi, a manager at the supermarket usually conveyed the day’s sales to a safe location. Unknown to him, one of the men was hiding under the stairs.

“The last thing I remembered was something hitting the back of my head. I fell down and blacked out. I woke in the hospital with a deep wound on my head. I had to spend almost eight days in the hospital before I was discharged,” he had told the court.

Chidebere, however, triggered the suspicion of his co-workers when they heard him making suspicious calls. He was handed over to the police. He later confessed to conniving with his friend, admitting that he was given part of the money. About N399,000 was recovered from them.

Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Ikeja High Court found the duo guilty of committing the crime.

Although they vehemently denied the crime, the judge found them guilty and sentenced them to death by hanging.