Court sentences 3 men to death by hanging for armed robbery, murder

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Court sentences 3 men to death by hanging for armed robbery, murder

An Ado Ekiti High Court has sentenced three men to death by hanging for armed robbery and murder.

The convicts are Oluwole Edward 49, Kolawole Ojo, 39 and Kolawole Tope 20.

Delivering judgement in the case, Justice Abiodun Adesodun, the trial judge, pronounced “each of the defendants guilty as “charged’’.

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Each of the convicts was sentenced to a term of five years imprisonment without an option of fine on Count one.

The Judge, however, sentenced all of them to death by hanging on counts two, four, five and six.

The three convicts were charged with conspiracy, armed robbery and murder.

The State Director of Public Prosecution, Mr  Julius Ajibare, had in his submission during their trial told the court that the convicts committed the offences between April 12, 2017 and Dec. 5, 2017.

According to him, they were armed with guns with which robbed their victim, Wasiu Ayinde of N1,850,000 on Erinmope-Ayedun Ekiti Road.

Ajibare also told the court that the convicts were serial armed robbers who robbed one Adamo Ayinde of N1,450,000 on Orin-Ido Ekiti Road; Liadhi Mukadam of N1,530,000 on Otun Ekiti-Ilofa Road; and Alhaji Fatai Arowolo of N2,200,000 on Ayedun-Omuo Ekiti Road.

One of the victims who testified before the court said his phone was seized by the convicts.

He said he reported the incident to the police and the phone was later tracked, which subsequently led to the arrest of the convicts.

The prosecutor said that the convicts’ offenses contravened sections 516, 402 (2) and 319(1) of the Criminal Code, CAP C16, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria.

Ajibare had also called five witnesses, tendered exhibits, which included statements of the victims and the convicts, as well as petition written to the Commissioner of Police, among other things.

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