Osun High Court Sentences 4 To Death For Armed Robbery, Murder

Osun High Court Sentences 4 To Death For Armed Robbery, Murder

By Richard Akintade, Osogbo

An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo, presided over by Honourable Justice Jide Falola, has sentenced four men to death by hanging for armed robbery and murder.

The convicts were Hammed Rafiu, 37, Rasidi Waidi, 39, Kayode Sunday, 29, and Owolabi Bashiru, 54, a security guard, who were arraigned before the Court on the 23rd day of October, 2019 on six count charges.

The four men, who were arraigned on six (6) count changes of conspiracy, contrary to section 6(b), armed robbery, contrary to and punishable under section 1(1) and (2) (a) (b), of the Robbery and Firearms (special provisions) Act, Cap R11, Laws of Federation of Nigeria, Conspiracy to murder, contrary to section 324, murder,contrary to and punishable under section 319, stealing, contrary to and punishable under section 390(9) and kidnapping, contrary to and punishable under section 364 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume 2, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

They had pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them, but the court ordered their remand in correctional custody.

According to the prosecution Counsel from the Ministry of Justice, Dele Akintayo, the four men gang murdered one Victor Akinbile a cousin’s of former Deputy Governor, Adegboyega Benedict Alabi who travelled down to Ikirun, Osun State on the 26th day of November, 2018 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mr. Benedict Gboyega Alabi and Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.

Barrister Akintayo informed the Court that Victor Akinbile who slept in his uncle’s house at Moboreje Area, Ikirun called his wife upon arrival in the said house on 26 November, 2018,to inform her of her save arrival.

Prosecution Counsel further said that Owolabi Bashiru, a security guard opposite the house informed the Hammed Rafiu, Rashidi Waidi and Kayode Sunday that Victor Akinbile had arrived from Lagos and lodged in a house directly opposite his duty post at Basorun House Moboreje Area, Ikirun on 26 of November, 2018.

The convicts,who were reportedly armed with offensive weapons, jumped the fence into the house owned by Victor Akinbile’s uncle; they were armed with guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons during their armed Robbery operation, and they forcibly gained entrance into his room where Victor slept.

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