An Asaba High Court has sentenced a 34 year-old Agbor-based carpenter, Monday Ogbuenyi, to 34 months behind bar with hard labour, for demanding property by written threats.
The judgment was handed down on Wednesday by the Court presided over by Honourable Justice Marshal Mukoro.
The accused was charged on a five-count information charge of conspiracy to commit felony to wit: kidnapping, demanding property by written threats, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery.
Prosecution had told the court at the commencement of trial that Monday Ogbuenyi, with others now at large, on or about the 18th day of November, 2011, at Modi/Ojeifo Street, Agbor, within the Agbor Judicial Division, allegedly robbed a sales girl of a Pharmacy (name withheld) of a sales bag containing the sum of N6, 000 while armed with a gun.
The Court further heard that the accused and his gang members, after allegedly robbing the store and not satisfied with their loots, later dropped a handwritten threat letter with a red ink asking the Pharmacist to comply with their directives or risk being kidnapped.
The threat letter which was tendered in the court as an exhibit reads: “Be informed that you are one of our targets before the 25th of this month (December) to be kidnapped. You remember the day we robbed your store, you were our target but we missed you. Just to avoid torture and disgrace, you are to pay a certain amount of money to be dropped at a place we will tell you. For the location, call this number 08066842087. NOTE: No police can intimidate us. We know where you work. If you love your life, don’t come with police – The Squad, Agbor.”
The accused was arrested on the 15 of January, 2012 by men of the Department of State Security Service, opposite Mr. Biggs, Agbor through the GSM number provided in the threat letter while his gang members fled. He denied the charges, claiming that his friend, one Kingsley, now on the run used his telephone number.
The court however discharged him on four of the charges on the grounds of no case submission and lack of sufficient evidence.