Court sentences three to death for armed robbery, murder in Ile-Ife 

By Jeleel Olawale

An Osun State High Court sitting in Ile-Ife has sentenced three persons to death for offences of conspiracy, armed robbery and murder.

The men convicted by the court presided over by Justice Adedapo Adeniji are:Jelili Kareem, Oludayo Oludele and Awodeji Muyiwa.

The convicts committed the offences on Jan 28, 2020 at Omo West Area, Osogbo, the State Capital.

The convicts robbed and killed one Adebayo Mukaila.

They were later arrested and charged to court with the offences bordering on: conspiracy,  armed robbery, murder and  unlawful possession of firearms.

The offences of conspiracy to murder was contrary to and punishable under section 324 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 34, Vol 2, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The offence of Armed Robbery was contrary to section 6(b) and punishable under section 1(2)(a)&(b) of the Robbery & Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap RII, Law of Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The offences of unlawful possession of firearms was contrary to & punishable under section 27(1)(b)(ii) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap. R11, Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The Chief State Counsel, Mr Muyiwa Ogunleye his colleague, the State Counsel, Mrs Ibukun Adeoye, who prosecuted the case called four witnesses and tender exhibits in support of the case.

The Four Defence Counsel, Mr Adeshina Olaniyan, Adedokun M.O., Folashade Ipede and Sulaiman Akano, who represented the convicts gave evidence in their defence and called no additional witnesses.

Delivering his judgement, Justice Adedapo Adeniji held that the prosecution proved all the ingredients of the offences against the defendants beyond reasonable doubt.

He consequently convicted three defendants: Kareem, Oludele and Muyiwa by sentenced them to death for both offences after  found guilty at the end of the trial.

However, Anifowose Buliaminu that was charged for receiving stolen property was discharged for want of prosecution.

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