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UAE Sentences Eight Nigerians To Death For Robbery

Eight Nigerians face the death sentence in UAE.

Funsho Akinwale

Eight Nigerian suspects arrested for robberies at money exchanges and cash machines across the emirate in December 2016 have been sentenced to death in the United Arab Emirates.

The ninth member of the gang was only sentenced to six months imprisonment for possession of the stolen money.

According to reports, he would be deported to Nigeria after serving his jail term in the UAE.

However, in reaction to the court ruling, the ninth suspect has denied the charge against him, claiming that one of the suspect’s brothers asked him to transfer Dh60,000 to an account in his home country in Nigeria.

A UAE police report made available confirmed that a total of Dh1.8m cash was stolen from three locations, leading to the suspects’ arrest. A camera surveillance and fingerprints identified the bandits.

One of the defendants was said to have returned part of the stolen money.

In the ruling, which took place on Thursday, only eight persons were convicted out of the 20 persons arrested for the crime, which involved beating security guards in four violent attacks at ATMs and money exchanges across Sharjah in late 2016.