Nigerian Airman to die by hanging for killing lover

NAF man AB Kalu and Solape Oladipupo whom he killed

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has sentenced Airman Kalu Bernard to death by hanging for killing his lover, Solape Oladipupo, on March 12, 2017.

The judgment, which started 9am on Tuesday, dragged till 4pm when it was stood down before the panellists reconvened at 7.30pm.

Reading out the 70-page court findings, which lasted for about two hours, the Judge Advocate, Flight Lieutenant M.A. Umoh, listed the eight-count charges against 21-year-old Kalu to include murder, housebreaking, impersonation and attempted murder among others.

Defence counsel, Abimiku Ewuga, urged the court to temper justice with mercy, saying the accused was his family breadwinner.

President of the court, Gp. Capt. Elisha Bindul, who found the accused guilty in six out of the eight counts, sentenced him to death by hanging, subject to the confirmation of the conveying authority.

Ewuga later told reporters that he would appeal the judgement.

Kalu had on March 12, 2017, killed Oladipupo, alias Shomzy Shomzy, at her Corporal and Below Quarters, Compound 9, Air Force Base, Makurdi, on the suspicion that she was in a love relationship with another man.

He shot her in the neck at close range after which he left a suicide note before he was arrested by NAF authorities.

Oladipupo was rushed to the NAF Hospital at the base and later transferred to the state hospital, where she died.

She was buried at the Air Force Cemetery, Ojo Barracks, Ojo, Lagos State on March 23.