Bayelsa court sentences killer of 12 policemen to death by hanging

  

Jackson Feutuboba aka Jasper, is one of the killers of 12 policemen who were ambushed and shot dead along the creeks of Lobia 2 community, Bayelsa State, on April 5, 2013. Today, the Oporoma Judicial Division of the High Court sitting in Yenagoa, the state capital, slammed the capital punishment on him.

The gunmen killed 12 out of 15 of the policemen they saw on that fateful day and held one of them hostage for ransom. Jasper and two others have been standing trial for their murder. The court ruled that the prosecution proved its case beyond every reasonable doubt and found Jasper guilty on all the 11 counts.

The prosecution told the court that Jasper had over 5 cases in various courts bothering on kidnapping, sea piracy and involvement in the death of the policemen. His lawyer, Efieseimokumo Bipelede, pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy saying he is a family man with 5 children.

He said imposing the maximum penalty would truncate the destiny of all the children whom he described as minors. He urged the court to convert the punishment to prison sentence. The court discharged and acquitted the second accused person identified as ThankGod Clinton Ezetu for lack of evidence.

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