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Killers of Bayelsa employee, sentenced to death

JUSTICE Nayai Aganaba of Bayelsa State High Court 4 has sentenced Izibefien Tamuno and Izibekuma George, the alleged killers of a Bayelsa State Government employee, Edi Kolu, to death.

Kolu was said to be on an official duty when he was allegedly attacked and killed by the duo in Yenagoa area of the state in 2015.

Justice Aganaba, who presided over the case that was first brought before the court two years ago, upheld the prayer of the prosecution and ordered that the two suspected killers should die by hanging.

At the Bayelsa State High Court 4 and in charge No. YHC/83C/2015 between the State and the convicts, the court said it was convinced beyond all reasonable doubts that Tamuno and George were responsible for the death of the victim (Kolu).

The prosecution led by officials from the office of the Special Prosecutor on Violent Crime and other Related Offences in the state had told the court that the two convicts killed the victim while he was on official duty with other staff from the office of the Surveyor-General of Bayelsa.

They maintained that Kolu, who until his death was an employee of the Office of the Surveyor General of Bayelsa, was killed when he and other government officials had gone to demarcate a boundary between Opolo community and Okutukutu in Yenagoa.

The prosecution stated that the deceased was carrying out his mandate in accordance with a judgment delivered by the Supreme Court in favour of Opolo community on May 21, 2015.

Messrs Tamuno and George of Okutukutu and Etegwe towns respectively were subsequently sentenced for the murder of the surveyor by Justice Aganaba.


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