A woman sentenced to death for the death of her husband released in Benin

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A woman jailed for killing her husband has been released from prison in Benin city, Edo state, after a landmark ruling at the Supreme court.

Mrs Enobong Isonguyo was charged and sentenced for the murder of her husband, Mr Victor Isonguyo, a Senior Director with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Benin.

According to the report, Mr Isonguyo was murdered around Sapele road in 2013 in Benin.

Mrs Enobong Isonguyo
In the middle, on a scarf is the freed Woman, Mrs Enobong Isonguyo flanked by the lead lawyer Olayiwola Afolabi and another female lawyer.

It was gathered that the former senior NNPC staff was killed and burnt to a crisp inside his Toyota Corolla car.

Investigators arrested Enobong along with their family pastor, for the gruesome murder.

They were both convicted and sentenced to death by hanging.

An appellate court upheld the trial court's decision, confirming the death penalty for the duo.

However, Enobong's defence counsel, Olayiwola Afolabi, proceeded to the Supreme court, where the earlier judgements were overturned.

In a landmark judgement delivered by Mary Odili, the supreme court resolved that the ruling from the lower court was based on speculation and imagination, which are not part of the criminal code.

The court described the death sentence as a miscarriage of justice and ordered the woman to be released unconditionally.

On Thursday, Afolabi and a team of journalists were in Benin to facilitate Enobong's release.

Afolabi expressed thanks to God for the freedom as they commended the judiciary, describing it as "the hope of the common man."

However, it is gathered that the unnamed Pastor who was sentenced along with Enobong in 2013 escaped from Prison custody during the 2020 Endsars protest.

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