29-Year-Old Man Sentenced To 13 Years For Armed Robbery In Nasarawa

A 29 year-old man by name Gwom Yusuf Ali of Barkin Ladi, Jos, Plateau State has been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by a High Court sitting in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Gwom Yusuf 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 Local Government Area.

The defendant was charged on two counts of armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms.

The prosecuting counsel, R.D.K. Adagba Esq who tendered the confessional statement of the defendant through the Investigating Police Officer, said the defendant had confessed to robbing the victim, one Hassan Ahmed, an Okada ridder, at gun point, and carted away the sum of N130.00 only and motorcycle of the victim.

After the close of the prosecution’s case, the defense counsel, Barrister L. A. Bina of the Legal Aid Counsel, did not adduce to any evidence in defense of the case against her client.

Barr. Bina 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 presiding judge, 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 the Robbery and Firearms 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.

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