Crime

Court Sentences Three to Death for Armed Robbery

An Osun State High Court sitting in Ikirun has sentenced three persons to death by hanging for armed robbery.
The Convicts are Nuhu Jimoh, Ndubisi David and Aderibigbe Oluwasenu.

Delivering the judgement, Justice Jide Falola declared that from material evidences placed before the court and the submission of the prosecution, a case of armed robbery had been sufficiently proved against the accused persons.

The accused persons were on 29th June, 2017 arraigned on a ten count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery, murder, illegal possession of firearms and others 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.

In the course of the trial, the prosecution Counsel from the Ministry of Justice Mr Biodun Badiora, in proof of the charge, called five witnesses and tendered about 30 Exhibits.

The 1st Defendant Nuhu Jimoh testified in his own defence, while second and third defendants Ndubisi David and Adeibigbe OuwaSeun called three witnesses each including themselves. 

On the 12th of February, 2016, at about 3:30 pm, armed men, in a coordinated bank robbery, attacked three commercial banks situated along the same street in Ikirun, Osun State. 

The combined team of policemen from Iragbiji Police Division, Ikirun Police Patrol Team and Special Anti-robbery Squad, responded to distress calls from the scene.

 On getting to the scene, gun duel ensued between the armed robbers and the policemen, and the armed  gang was dislodged, fleeing in different directions. 

Many people lost their lives to the incident, including two bank officials and two policemen on bank-guard duty.

Seven assorted ammunitions included AK-47 gun Israeli and Russian made brought to the scene by the armed gang and a cash sum of #7,486,300.00k (Seven Million, Four Hundred and Eighty Six Thousand, Three Hundred Naira) taken from the banks were recovered from the armed robbers.

The incident forced all the banks to close their branches from operation in Ikirun till date.

Adenitan Akinola

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