Two Men Get Death Sentence For Murder

Godwin Osubu  
Updated December 18, 2017
Two Men Get Death Sentence Over N12,800 Theft And Murder
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An Ado-Ekiti High Court has sentenced two men to death after they were found guilty of armed robbery and murder.

The State Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, handed down the harsh verdict on Monday in which he convicted Michael Adams and Abass Mutiu, for armed robbery contrary to Section (1) 2 (a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2014.

He also found the duo culpable of murder contrary to Section 316 (1) and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ekiti State, 2015.

Justice Daramola held that the defendants were found guilty of armed robbery and murder as presented in the charge sheet.

He consequently imposed a death penalty on them for killing an innocent man and ordered that they be hanged on the neck until life goes out of them.

According to the charge sheet, Adams and Mutiu committed the offences on January 22, 2014, at Fiyinfolu Avenue, off Ilawe Road in the state capital where they robbed one Arowosere Kabiru of N12,800 while armed with dangerous weapons such as guns and cutlasses.

The two convicts, in the course of their robbery operation, also murdered one Ojo Adebola.

They were arraigned in court for the first time on March 1, 2016, and pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

A legal officer from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mrs D. Oyewole, called four witnesses to prove the case.

Documents tendered as exhibits were the statement of the accused, Indian hemp, two motorcycles, cutlasses, cartridges, photographs of the deceased and photographs of the parade of the convicts by the police.

The accused were led in evidence by the State Director of Legal Aid Council, Mr Olaitan Adeloye.

One of the witnesses who was among the victims of the attack fingered the accused persons at the identification parade conducted by the Ekiti State Police Command.