Court Sentences Two To Death By Hanging In Ekiti

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By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado- Ekiti, the state captal has sentenced two persons Olowosola Femi Abiodun (30) and Olowosola Sunday (35) to death by hanging.

In his judgement, Justice  Adekunle Adeleye said, “The prosecution has established beyond reasonable doubt the essential ingredients of the offence of armed robbery at Ikole-Ekiti on December 29, 2017, involving the accused persons”.
In the result, they were sentenced to death by hanging on count 1 and 2 while they were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment each on count 3.

According to the charge sheet, 3 count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms contrary to Sections 6(b), 1 (2)(a) and 3(1) of robbery and firearm (special provisions)Act,Cap.R11, volume. 14,laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2014.

According to the prosecutor, the act was committed on or about December 29, 2017 at Ikole when they conspired and armed with guns to rob one Awoyomi Temitope of N1,300,000, two Techno L8 phones and one Nokia  phone.

In his statement, the victim said, he was a manager at a filling station, on that fateful day, the robbers invaded the filling station, they hit his head with the butt of a gun before carting away all their sales for the day alongside the phones.

To proof his case, the prosecutor, Mr. Julius Ajibare called three witnesses while exhibit tendered included statement of the accused, two locally made pistols, three live cartridges ammunition and three phones.

The accused spoke in their own defence through their counsel, Mr. Yinka Opaleke and called  no witnesses.

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