A State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has sentenced three (3) persons who were charged on three-count of conspiracy and murder of ex Niger-Delta Militant leader, Soboma George, and Joy John-Ejims, to death by hanging.
Soboma George was killed on the 24th of August 2010 alongside Joy John-Ejims, a groundnut seller at a football field in Nembe street in Borokiri area of Port Harcourt.
Delivering the judgment that lasted over four hours, the trial Judge, Justice George Omereji, ruled that the defendants; Dougbra Ogbe, Emmanuel Gladstone, Bere Matthew, should be hanged on their neck till their death for conspiring and killing George and John-Ejims.
The learned Justice who held that the Prosecution was able to prove his case beyond reasonable doubts, however, relied on the evidence of an eyewitness identified as Emmanuel Eniete who was also shut at his hand on the day of the incident and other confessional statements by the defendants.
Justice Omereji ruled that evidence and testimonies of the eyewitness proved that defendants who hail from Bayelsa State and were arrested in Ondo State where they fled to after being declared wanted by the police for the murder of George, committed the crime.
The Court, however, discountenanced the defence of the defendants wherein they claimed the ex-leader, Soboma George was killed because he wanted to kill them after they refused to kill the former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, and then Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State.
The Prosecution counsel, Ipalibo Karibo-Botoye while thanking the distinguished Judge, said he is satisfied with the judgment which trial lasted for ten years and expressed readiness to defend the case at Appeal Court should the convicts appeal the case.
Meanwhile, Counsel representing the three convicted persons was conspicuously absent from Court.