Ifeanyi Dike, a second-year student of Physics department at the University of Port Harcourt, has been sentenced to death by Port Harcourt high court over the murder of an eight-year-old girl Victory Chikamso Nmezuwuba.
The 26-year-old, alongside one Ugochukwu Nwamiroi, were sentenced to death by hanging barely three years after they carried out the suspected ritual murder.
Justice, Adolphus Enebele, who delivered the judgment, ruled that the convicts did not have enough evidence to prove their innocence, hence the death sentence, The Guardian reports.
Wothappen.com recalls that Dike was arrested by a local vigilance group in Eliozu Axis With Some Of His Accomplices For The Death Of Little Victory.
DSP Omoni Nnamdi, the public relations officer of the NIGERIA Police Force command in Rivers, later confirmed that Dike and Victory lived in the same address, adding that he would be paraded.
But few weeks after his arrest, Dike escaped from the premises of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) with the aid of police personnel on duty, Sgt Johnbosco Okoronze.
Amid wide outrage and social media criticism, Dike was later rearrested and dragged to the court for the commencement of his murder trial.
Three years after the hearing, he and his accomplices met their waterloo as they were eventually sentenced to death.
Justice Enebele also sentenced Sergeant Johnbosco Okoronze of the state CID to one-year imprisonment for aiding the escape of Dike from police custody.