A court in Ekiti has sentenced a 32-year-old man to death by hanging for armed robbery



For armed robbery, an Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti condemned one Akinleye Seyi, 32, to death by hanging.

According to the charge, on the 16th day of September, 2019 at Olorunda Central, Olorunda Zone 1, Zone 3, and high Dee Estate, all in Ado Ekiti Judicial Division, the convict and two other members of his gang, now dead before their arraignment due to injuries sustained during a gun duel with the Police.

Babalola Iyabode, Babalola Samson, Solomon Obey, Ogungbemi Taiwo, Innocent Philip, and Adegoke Tolulope were robbed on September 16, 2019 at Olorunda Central, Olorunda Zone 1, Zone 3, And High Dee Estate all in Ado Ekiti Judicial Division and their properties were carted away, including recharge cards, phones, laptops, laptop bags and cash sum of #86,850 e.t.c

They were armed with guns, cutlasses, and other dangerous weapons at the time of the robbery, which was in violation of Section 1(2) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap RII, Vol.14, Laws of the the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

One of the victims testified before the court saying “I was sleeping in my room around 2:30 a.m, suddenly, I saw flashes from torchlight, flashing me on the bed and heard another voice saying ‘open the door, we are thieves, we are around, open the door’, I was afraid and ran to my son’s room, we started hearing heavy bangs on the door, we decided to open the door for them, they were three in number, one of them held a gun and the other two held cutlasses, we were ordered to kneel down and remain quiet, they collected our phones, laptops, unspecified amount of money and carted away drinks inside our freezer, they instructed us not to say anything or else they will kill us because they were still going to other flats, we later reported the incident at Oke-Ila Police Station the next morning.”

Barrister Julius Ajibare, the prosecutor, called five witnesses and presented the convict’s statement, two laptop computers, a single barrel gun, one live and expended cartridge, and a search warrant as exhibits.

The defendant spoke through his lawyer, Timilehin Omotoso and did not summon any witnesses.

According to Justice Adekunle Adeleye, the witnesses properly linked the defendant with the other suspects presently at large, as well as those reported dead, to the commission of the armed robbery offence, based on the evidence presented before the court.

“On the whole, I have no doubt that the prosecution has established essential elements of the offence of armed robbery with which the defendant is charged which is contrary to the provisions of Section 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap R11, Vol. 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

“The defendant is found guilty as charged in counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, he is hereby sentenced to death by hanging,” the judge ruled.

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