By Dayo Johnson
Akure—FOUR armed robbers were yesterday sentenced to death by firing squad by a High Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The convicts include Abdurahman Yinusa, Maliki Sanni, Ajayi Saliu and Mohammed Jimoh.
They according to the police prosecution witness, John Olowokere are specialists in hijacking petroleum tankers at gun point.
Olowokere had told the court that before the convicts were arrested in December, 2009, the quartet and one other still at large had robbed many innocent persons severally on Isua/Idoani expressway in Ose council area of the State.
Olowokere said the convicts hijacked a DAF truck with registration number number XN 810 ABC laden with 33,000 litres of petrol on the same road but were later apprehended by the men of the state police command.
According to him, three of the accused drove the truck away to dispense the contents while the remaining two led the driver and the conductor to the bush where they were tied.
Olowokere added that they later sold off the petrol and disposed of the truck.
The convicts stood trial on a four-count charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, murder and illegal possession of fire arms contrary to section 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions)Act R11, Laws of Federation 2004.
In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice D.I. Kolawole said the prosecution counsel was able to substantiate the case against the accused.
Kolawole pronounced the accused persons guilty of some of the charges and thereafter ordered that they should die by firing squad.