Three people identified as Terry Kefas, Samson James, Emmanuel Jah and Patrick Nyam have been sentenced to death by hanging in Jos, Plateau State capital.
The ruling was delivered by a High Court in the state having found them guilty for killing one Joseph Gonsum.
The presiding judge, Justice Arum Ashom said on Thursday while delivering his judgement that the three were guilty of culpable homicide.
Delivering the judgement, Ashom said, “That, you Terry Kefas, Samson James, Emmanuel Jah and Patrick Nyam in December 2015 at Gadabiu in Jos North local government area within Plateau Judicial Division agreed among yourselves to cause the death of one Joseph Gonsum by stabbing him to death.
“The offence you committed is punishable under section 97 of the Penal Code and under section 221 of the penal code, Cap 89, Law of Northern Nigeria, 1963.
“It is the conviction of the court that the prosecution has proven his case beyond reasonable doubt.
"The efforts of the defence counsel to argue otherwise was not convincing enough," as reported by Daily Trust.
The three were however sentenced to death by hanging or lethal injection upon finding them guilty.
The plaintiff's lawyer, Barr. Mantu Ishiaku expressed satisfaction over the judgement adding that it was in accordance with the law.
The defendants' lawyer, Barr. David Adudu reacted, saying he would appeal the judgement upon study.