An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has sentenced a man, Waliu Abifarin, to death by hanging for armed robbery.
Justice Ayodeji Daramola found Abifarin guilty on the strength of evidence adduced before the court by the prosecution. He said the prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.
Daramola held that Abifarin was guilty of a one-count charge of armed robbery contrary to Section 1 (2) (a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R11 Vol. 14 laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
According to the charge sheet, Abifarin, on 21st December, 2013 robbed one Shaibu Obanimoh of the sum of N250,000 at Aleja Camp, Idege/Igirigiri Road, Ado-Ekiti, while armed with cutlass and other offensive weapons.
He was first arraigned alongside one Haruna Onimisi who escaped during the 2014 jailbreak from Ado-Ekiti prisons, which caused a setback to the case.
Abifarin arraigned on 12th May 2016 and pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Prosecution counsel, Mojisola Olajiga, called four witnesses and tendered one Bajaj motorcycle, a cutlass and other materials as exhibits.
Counsel to the accused, Mr. A.O. Adeloye, led his client in his evidence but did not call any witness.
Daramola held: “Therefore, the sentence of the court upon you is that you be hanged by the neck until you be dead. May the good lord have mercy on your soul.”
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