A PORT HARCOURT High Court has sentenced Ifeanyi Dike and one Ugochukwu Nwamiro to death by hanging for the murder of an eight-year-old girl, Victory Chikamso Nmezuwuba in 2017.
The duo was sentenced to death without options of fine. One is to be hung on his neck until he dies while the other is to be hung on the leg till he dies as well.
Dike, who was 23 years old when the incident happened, was apprehended by a local vigilante group in the Eliozu axis of Port Harcourt with a sack containing Chikamso’s remains following a tip-off. The local security outfit later handed Dike over to the police for further investigations and prosecution.
It was reported that the main culprit removed the victim’s eyes, vagina, finger and tongue, after defiling and murdering her with the assistance of his cousin, Ugochukwu.
Some days after he was handed over to the police, Dike managed to escape from the State Criminal Investigation Department premises after being aided by the police personnel on duty, Sergeant Johnbosco Okoronze who failed to handcuff him after taking his statement.
Weeks later, Dike, an undergraduate of the Physics Department was rearrested in Jos, Plateau State capital by security operatives and was brought back to Port Harcourt for trial.
Barely, three years after the trial, the Judge, Justice Adolphus Enebele, ruled that the evidence before the court shows that the duo conspired and murdered Chimkamso and hence, sentenced them to death.
The judge also sentenced Sergeant Johnbosco Okoronze of the Rivers State CID to one-year imprisonment for aiding the escape of Dike from Police Custody in Port Harcourt.
Family of the victim, Chikamso expressed relief on the judgement while relatives of Dike were seen in court weeping after the judgement.