A dismissed Soldier identified as Sunday Umaru has been sentenced to death by hanging by a court sitting in Barkin Ladi for hacking his girlfriend to death over a message found on her phone.
The case was presided by Justice SP Gang who passed the judgement after finding Umaru guilty of killing his girlfriend, Charity Thomas, on January 23, 2016.
Delivering the judgment, Gang said Umaru “mercilessly took the life of Charity Thomas in cold blood” and had to face the full wrath of the law.
“This sentence is mandatory; the law states that any person convicted of murder shall be punished with death by hanging,” he said.
“The sentence of this court upon you is that you, Sunday Umaru, will be hanged by the neck until you are dead. May God have mercy on your soul.”
Umaru, a married man, was a private in the Nigerian army and was serving at the special task force (STF), sector 7, Barkin Ladi, at the time of the incident.
At his arraignment, Umaru faced a one-count charge of culpable homicide.
He was accused of killing Charity, who visited him from Kaduna, by stabbing her with a knife in the stomach, slaughtering her thereafter and dumping the body by the road side.
According to the prosecutor, Emmanuel Awe, Charity’s lifeless body was found the next day by neighbours and some soldiers, who trailed the blood marks to the accused person’s house.
“Friends of the accused, who were the military men that evacuated the body, also recognised the girl as Umaru’s lover, who was seen with him the previous day,” the lawyer said.