Armed Robbery: Man To Die By Hanging

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By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

A man, Waliu Abifarin has been sentenced to death by hanging for armed robbery by an Ekiti state High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti,the state capital.

The state Chief Judge,Justice Ayodeji Daramola found Abifarin guilty on the strength of evidence before the court by the prosecution.

He said the prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.

Daramola held that Abifarin was guilty of one-count charge of armed
robbery contrary to Section 1 (2) (a) of the Robbery and Firearms
(Special Provision) Act Cap R11 Vol. 14 laws of the Federation of
Nigeria.

According to the charge sheet, Abifarin, on 21st December, 2013 robbed one Shaibu Obanimoh of the sum of N250,000 at Aleja Camp,
Idege/Igirigiri Road, Ado-Ekiti, while armed with cutlass and other
offensive weapons.

He was first arraigned alongside one Haruna Onimisi who escaped during the 2014 jail break from Ado-Ekiti prisons, which caused a setback to the case.

Abifarin arraigned on 12th May 2016 and pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Prosecution counsel, Mojisola Olajiga, called four witnesses and
tendered one Bajaj motorcycle, a cutlass and other materials as
exhibits.

Counsel to the accused, Mr. A.O. Adeloye, led his client in his
evidence but did not call any witness.

Daramola held: “Therefore, the sentence of the court upon you is that you be hanged by the neck until you be dead. May the good lord have mercy on your soul.”

Meanwhile, Ekiti State Judiciary is to proceed on Christmas/Year break
with effect from Thursday.

A statement on Wednesday signed by the Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji
Daramola, said the notice was given pursuant to Order 45 Rule (4) (C)
of Ekiti State High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2011.

It said trial of civil actions in the High Court of Ekiti State shall
be suspended between Thursday, 21st December, 2017 till Friday, 5th
January, 2018.

Resumption of normal court activities shall commence from Monday, 8th January, 2018.

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