Killer of Jumia agent to die by firing squad

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Justice Chigozie Igwe the Rivets State sitting in Harcourt has the killer Jumia delivery agent Chukwuma Eleje death either by hanging or firing squad.

Sodienyem Mbatumukeke killed Eleje, 37, in Harcourt about four years ago when the latter delivered an ordered iPhone Mbatumukeke’s house.

His remains were later found in a septic tank in the house.

Mbatumukeke and one Excel Destiny were charged for the murder the victim.

Delivering the judgement Monday, the court discharged and acquitted Destiny but found Mbatumukeke guilty as charged.

Justice Igwe described Mbatumukeke as a hardened criminal that deserves no mercy, adding that he not remorseful.

He said, “You are convicted for the murder of the Jumia delivery agent March 25, 2017 and die by hanging. You are be tied hands and legs and hanged your neck until you die, or by firing squad and may your sin be your head.” Justice Igwe announced.

Reacting to newsmen after the judgment, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Ibiene Ibano who prosecuted the trial on behalf of the state expressed satisfaction with the judgment, noting that it serve as a deterrent to such killers.

Asked how he got into the case, Destiny said, “I do tattoo for a living, all the tattoos on the Sodienyem’s body were drawn by me. I came to his house that faithful day to do normal home service work, before I got myself into this mess.”

He said he about to raise the alarm on seeing a pool of blood when Mbatumukeke rushed at him with a gun and told him to shut up.

“He then directed me to begin to clean up the mess with him, and I did amid fear and panting,” he said.

of the deceased, Blessing, who in court with her three children, expressed gratitude to God, on the outcome of the case.

“I am grateful to God, the state, the court for how the case has ended, although is no , but the law has taken its course on the killer of by this judgement today.”

The convict’s defence said they appeal the judgment.