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21 Year Old Man Who Robs Two, Gets Death Sentence In Ekiti

Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has sentenced a 21-year old man, Isa Abdulkareem, to death by hanging for armed robbery on tuesday.

The convict, committed the offence in contravention of Section 402, Sub-section 2 of the Criminal Code, Cap C16, Laws of Ekiti State, Nigeria.

The robbery operation took place at Oke-Ureje, on Igirigiri Road, Ado-Ekiti.

Abdulkareem, was arrested by the community members during a patrol and handed over to the police for investigation and prosecution.

He armed with offensive weapons such as gun and machete during the robbery, respectively when he robbed Adeya Olalekan of a N74,000 and Infinix Note 2 phone among others, he also robbed Olomola Taiwo of N110,000 and two Techno Y6 phones.

Justice Oluwatoyin Abodunde, while deliverng her judgement, said the case of robbery against the defendant was proved beyond reasonable doubt.

she added that the prosecution counsel was able to “prove every element of robbery with veracious evidence that have probative values”.

“I find the defendant guilty and convict him accordingly. He is sentenced to death by hanging and may the Lord have mercy on his soul.” she said.

The convict confessed to committing the offence, he also took security agents to his gang’s hideout where he and his members usually meet and keep their weapons.

Exhibits recovered at the hideout included four Dane guns and toy guns, locally-made pistols, four Nokia phones, four Techno phones, masks, cutlasses, charms, axe, victim’s wife’s headgear used to wrap the money, cartridges, expended cartridges, knives, pellets and N10,000 cash, among others.

The prosecutor, Mr. Gbemiga Adaramola, called four witnesses to prove his case, while all the mentioned exhibits, including Abdulkareem’s confessional statements to the police, were tendered in court.

The convict was first arraigned on January 8, 2018, when the charges were read and interpreted to him, but he pleaded not guilty.

Abdulkareem was led in evidence by his counsel, Mr. Adeyinka Opaleke, and called no witnesses.

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