A 10-man Nigeria Air-Force (NAF) General Court Martial, which tried Air Craftsman Kalu Bernard over the killing of his girl friend and colleague, Solape Oladipupo, has sentenced him to death by hanging.
Bernard broke into Oladipupo’s home at her Corporal and Below Quarters Compound 9, Air Force Base Makurdi and shot her in the neck.
Military sources indicated that Bernard, after shooting his double-dating girlfriend, was overpowered by the lover while trying to shoot him.
On Tuesday a panel made up senior air force officers convicted him of murder and sentenced him to death.
“The accused has pleaded not guilty to all the charges, but the prosecution has proved its case against him beyond a reasonable doubt,” he stated.
The defence counsel, Abimiku Ewuga, urged the court to temper justice with mercy, saying the accused was his family’s breadwinner.
The President of the court, Group Capt. Elisha Bindul, found the accused guilty in six out of the eight counts and subsequently sentenced him to death by hanging.
Ewuga later told reporters that he would appeal the judgement.