Two To Die By Hanging For Armed Robbery, Murder

Two To Die By Hanging For Armed Robbery, Murder

By Richard Akintade, Osogbo.

An Osun State High Court, sitting in Osogbo today sentenced two persons, Mutiu Azeez (a.k.a Tompolo) 41, and Afolabi Mayowa, 35 to death by hanging for armed robbery and other offences.

The accused were arraigned before Justice Jide Falola on 2nd of December, 2018 on four counts charge bordering on conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to murder and murder.

The offenses contravened Sections 6(b), (2) (a), (b), of the Robbery and Firearms (special provisions) Act, Cap R11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria,2004, section 324, and 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume 2, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

The prosecution counsel representing the Ministry of Justice, Barrister Dele Akintayo told the Court that Mutiu Azeez and Afolabi Mayowa on 1 day of July, 2018 between 6.00am and 7.00am around saaji Village, conspired together and hired a (motorcyclist) popularly known as Okada own by one Olatokun Mayowa from Iragbiji and told him to take them to Egbeda on agreed price of 300.00 only.

Witness called by Prosecution Counsel revealed that Mayowa bike a man carried accused persons to Egbeda village via Iragbiji when the accuses persons stopped him at Saaji Village along the road inside bush and dragged to the bush having armed with cutlass and other dangerous weapons.

They forces him down from motorcycle and collected the key of bike from him and tied his neck with three and broken his head with stone because victim known one of them which led to his sudden death.

Barrister Akintayo called one witness to testified and to support his case and tendered several exhibits to support to that effect.

Justice Jide Falola said that prosecution Counsel has proof his case beyond any reasonable doubt and found them guilty in four counts preferred against them.

Counsel to the accused persons, Barrister Adedayo Adedeji, told the court to temper justice with mercy After they were convicted by the judge.

In his judgement, Justice Falola, sentenced them to death for armed robbery and murder and seven years improvement for conspiracy.

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