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Cecilia Onah, Lafia

A 29-year-old man, Gwom Yusuf Ali, who is an indigene of Plateau State, has been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by a High Court sitting in the Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State for stealing from a resident of the state.

Ali, who has been in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service since November, 2020, was arrested by personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, after a robbery attack in Gunki-Marmara, along Keffi road in Nasarawa LGA.

The defendant was charged on two count charges of armed Robbery and unlawful possession of firearm.

The prosecuting Counsel, Rabiu Adagba Esq who tendered the confessional statement of the defendant through the Investigating Police Officer, said the defendant had confessed robbing the victim, one Hassan Ahmed, who is an Okada ridder, at gun point and carted away the sum of N130 only and the motorcycle of the victim.

After the close of the prosecution case, the defense counsel, Barrister Akpuwu Binna of the Legal Aid Counsel, did not adduce to any evidence in defense of the case against her client.

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Barr. Binna said that, she rested her case on the case of the prosecution, thereafter the parties addressed the court with their final written addresses to close the case.

The judge of the Nasarawa High Court, Justice Sunday Bawa, who basically relied on the evidence of the IPO and the confessional statement of the defendant, came to the conclusion that the prosecution has proved offences of armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearm against the defendant, under robbery and forearms Act (Special Provision) Act, Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Justice Bawa convicted the defendant, Gwom Yusuf Ali and sentenced him to serve 13 years imprisonment for Armed Robbery and 1 year for unlawful possession of firearm.

The two sentences, according to the Judge are to run concurrently.