A 26-year-old man, Lucky Anyali, has been sentenced to death by hanging for killing one Emeka Ashibuogwu by stabbing him to death with a kitchen knife.
Anyali, a builder, was ordered to be killed by hanging by a Delta State High Court sitting in Asaba.
The Delta State Ministry of Justice said this in a statement on Thursday by its Public Relations Officer, Ivovi Aruoriwo.
Aruoriwo said, in convicting Anyali of murder, the court rejected his argument that he stabbed Ashibuogwu to death with a kitchen knife on February 18, 2014 in self defence.
The Delta State Ministry of Justice said in its statement that Anyali killed Ashibuogwu during a scuffle that ensued between them on February 18, 2014 when the deceased went to Ogwashi-Uku to see his estranged wife and mother of his three-year-old daughter.
The deceased was said to have gone to see his daughter who was said to be ill.
The convict was said to have been having an affair with the estranged wife of the deceased.
According to the statement, Anyali became angry upon sighting Ashibuogwu with his (Ashibuogwu’s), estranged wife, who Anyali happened to have been having an affair with.
The convict was said to have stabbed the deceased in the chest after which he fled but was later arrested by some youths in the community.
He was said to have been handed over to the police, to whom he reportedly made a confessional statement.
The court, in its judgment, was said to have convicted Anyali as charged under Section 319(1) of the Criminal Code Cap C21, Vol. 1, Laws of Delta State of Nigeria, 2006.