By GBENGA ARIYIBI, Ado-Ekiti
An Ado Ekiti High Court has sentenced three men to death by hanging,just as the men of the State Police Command have arrested one David Oloruntoba , 57, for allegedly defiling his 5-year old step daughter.
The three men sentenced to death for robbery were: Taiwo Hassan(39), Henry Okeke(30) and Oladimeji Olanrewaju(27) .
The prosecuting Counsel , Mr. Oluwaseun Fasote, a Legal Officer in the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP)had told the court that the convicts committed the
offence on Dec.7,2010, along Ado-Afoa Road, in the Ado-Ekiti judicial division of Ekiti State.
The charge sheet preferred against them read thus: That you ,Taiwo Hassan, Henry Okeke and Oladimeji Olanrewaju on Dec.7,2010, along Ado-Afao Road, in the Ado judicial Division conspired together to commit felony to wit: Armed Robbery.
”That you Taiwo Hassan, Henry Okeke and Olanrewaju on the same date place and time while armed with offensive weapon to wit: gun, robbed one Mr. Lateef Saka of his cell-phone, the sum of N360.00 and a Toyota Hummer bus with registration No XQ 987 BDG.”
He further noted that the offences committed had contravened Sections: 6(B),1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms(Special Provisions) Act Cap R11 Volume 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
Delivering his judgment,the trial judge, Justice Olusegun Ogunyemi, said the condemned culprits were guilty of the two-count charge leveled against them,and ordered that they should die by hanging.
”I have carefully consider the evidences before this court by the Department of Public Prosecution,(DPP),the prosecution and the defence counsels.”
”I hereby find the accused persons guilty to the charges of conspiracy and armed robbery as charged and hereby convict them thereof,” .
Meanwhile, police have arrested one David Oloruntoba , 57, for allegedly defiling a 5-year old step
In a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Victor Babayemi, neighbours to the suspected man had overheard him and the mother of the victim engaging in a hot argument over the alleged offence before it was reported to the Police for necessary action. The police image maker,however assured that the suspect will be charged to Court soon.
In a related development, operatives of the Command had arrested a two-man armed robbery gang who robbed and raped two ladies returning from a prayer vigil.
He gave the names of the suspects as, Olaseni Daramola aged 19 years and Olumide Tunde aged 20 years robbed the victims of two blackberry and one Nokia phone, handbags containing Holy Bible and other valuables.
According to him, the ladies were returning from a prayer vigil organised by a church at Falegan Area, Ado-Ekiti at about 0400 hours on the day when they hoodlums accosted them brandishing a locally made pistol and pretended to be members of local vigilante groups.