Justice Jide Falola of Osun State High Court in Ikirun on Thursday sentenced three men, Nuhu Jimoh, David Ndubisi and Oluwaseun Aderibigbe, to death by hanging for bank robbery.
Thirty-two people, two police personnel and two bank workers, were killed during the exchange of gunfire between the robbers and the police during the robbery.
Justice Falola found out that the men were guilty of launching coordinated attacks on the First Bank, Union Bank and Skye Bank, situated on the same street in Ikirun, Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state and pronounced the death sentence on them.
The judge said the gun recovered from the robbers during the bank robbery were forfeited to the Nigeria Police, while the money recovered from them be forfeited to Osun Government.
The suspects were first criticize on June 29, 2017, on 10 count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery, murder, illegal possession of firearms and others.
The State Counsel, Mr Biodun Badiora said the offences were contrary to Section 6(b), 1(1) & (2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap R11 L.F.N, 2004, Section 319 of the Criminal Code Law Cap. 34 Laws of Osun State, 2002, and Section 3 of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap R11 L.F.N, 2004, respectively.
Justice Biodun told the court that the convicts on Feb. 12, 2016 at about 3:30 pm, in a coordinated bank robbery, attacked First Bank, Union Bank and Skye Bank, situated along the same street in Ikirun, simultaneously.
During the robbery, combined team of policemen from Iragbiji police Division, Ikirun police Patrol Team and Special Anti-robbery Squad, responded to distress call and gun duel ensued between the robbers and the policemen at the scene,stated the prosecution counsel.
Investigations revealed that seven members of robbery gang were killed by police at the scene of crime, while some others escaped with gunshots injuries, he stated.
He said seven assorted ammunitions including AK-47 gun Israeli and Russian made and N7, 486,300.00 taken from the banks were recovered by the Police.
Badiora said five witnesses were called and 30 exhibits tendered.
Sunday Atofarati,Ajibade Omoyajowo, the Defence counsel pleaded with the Judge to temper justice with mercy.