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Four to die by hanging for conspiracy, armed robbery, murder in Ekiti

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An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has sentenced four persons, Babangida Amodu (25), Oluwafemi Ibrahim (20), Ojo Ayodele (25) and Okunato Dada (20) to die by hanging.

The convicts were charged with a three-count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery, and murder.

According to the charge, the four convicts, on the 7th day of June 2018 at Ijoka area of Ado Ekiti, within the jurisdiction of the honourable court conspired to commit armed robbery by robbing one Ibrahim Isiaka of his phone and sum of N1500, also on same day, date and aforementioned place they did murder one Muhammed Sanusi.

At the time of committing the offence, they were armed with guns and knives.

The offences contravene sections 516, 402 (2) and 316 of the Criminal Code Cap C16 Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.

According to the eye witness, Ibrahim Isiaka, who testified before the court, โ€œI and the deceased were going to Mosque area to buy food and to charge our phones at Ijoka, around 7:45 pm, while we were approaching the charging center, some hoodlums just appeared and stopped us, they demanded our phones and money, we declined giving them, they dragged me and collected my Tecno phone valued N7,500 and a cash sum of N1,500, when they started beating the deceased, I ran away to call our people.

โ€œBefore we got there, they had left but we met the deceased in his pool of own blood having been stabbed in the neck, I recognized the faces of the convicts during the act. The case was later reported at the Police station,โ€ he concluded.

To prove his case, the prosecutor, Barrister Felix Awoniyi called five witnesses and tendered statements of the four convicts and medical reports as exhibits.

The defendants spoke through their counsels, Adeyinka Opaleke, Ekiti State Coordinator of the Legal Aid Council, O. Abiola and A. Ayobioloja, they called no witness.

In his judgment, Justice John Adeyeye said, โ€˜โ€™It is obvious that the defendants acted in concert as they all agreed to rob Ibrahim Isiaka and Mohammed Sanusi who died as a result of the injury inflicted on him during the robbery.

โ€œIn conclusion, the prosecution has successfully proved the three counts of conspiracy to rob, armed robbery and murder preferred against them and they are each convicted accordingly in respect of each of the offences.

โ€œEach of the defendants is cautioned and discharged in count one (Conspiracy), and sentenced to death by hanging until they be dead in count two (Armed Robbery) and count three (Murder), may the Lord have mercy on your souls.โ€