Court Sentences Four to Death by Hanging in Ekiti

An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has sentenced two men and two women to death by hanging after being found guilty of murder.

The convicts are Rashidat Abdul thirty seven years, Oluwatosin Akarakiri thirty-two, Abdulrasheed Mutairu twenty two years and Iyoriochile Eromoina eighteen years.

The quartet are to pay the supreme price for the unlawful killing of a seventy-year-old mam, Samuel Oloyede, on fifth of April, 2017 in Odo Owa Ekiti, Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

Justice Oluwatoyin Abodunde held that the prosecution had proved the case of murder against the convicts beyond the reasonable doubt.

They were first arraigned on the 12th of February, 2018 when the charge was read and interpreted to them but pleaded not guilty.

According to the witnesses, the deceased was a pensioner who operated a brothel in his personal house as a means of livelihood where all the accused persons also lived.

There was a misunderstanding between the deceased and accused persons on payments and sharing formula.

They testified further that the accused persons vacated the premises living the deceased missing and later found his dead body on the 4th day under the heap of cloths with his hands tied.

The matter was reported at the palace and later at Ijero Police Station.

To prove his case, the prosecutor, Oluwatoyin Marcus called 12 witnesses including the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) and the medical personnel who conducted postmortem examination on the cause of the deceased’s death.

Exhibits tendered include statements of the accused, statements of the witnesses, photographs of the deceased dead body and medical report.

The accused persons spoke in their own defence through their lawyer, Chris Omokhafe and called no witness throughout the trial.

Oriola Afolabi

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