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2 ex-Abia vigilante members bag death sentence for alleged kidnap, murder

Two former members of Abia Vigilante group popularly known as Bakassi Boys have been sentenced to death for alleged kidnap and murder.

Nigeriacrime.com learned that the duo – Ugochukwu Amaugo, and Udo Ogah, who were sentenced by an Abia State High Court sitting in Ukwa are to die by hanging according to the pronouncement of the trial judge, Justice Chibuzo Ahuchaogu.

They were found guilty of an alleged conspiracy, kidnap and murder which occurred on the 30th of August, 2014.

The convicts had, on the said date, allegedly arrested two young men – Temple Nwakanma, and Martins Azih- around Osisioma area of Aba, and claimed to have found them in possession of firearms, cartridges and knives.

They claimed to have handed over the suspects to certain Army personnel who intercepted them at a military checkpoint on the Umuahia-Aba Expressway while taking them to Umuahia the state capital.

The convicts had also claimed not knowing the identities of the said military personnel nor getting any note from them before handing over the suspects to them.

Meanwhile, the whereabouts of the suspects had remained unknown as the Nigerian Army had since, denied any knowledge of the incident.

This prompted family members of the suspects to approach the court for justice.

Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Ahuchaogu, said the convicts should be hanged for failing to prove beyond every reasonable doubt that they had handed the boys to men of the Nigerian Army and as such knew nothing about their disappearance.

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