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Found guilty of armed robbery and murder, three persons have received the death sentence by hanging by an Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti.

The convicts are, Oluwole Edward ,49, Kolawole Ojo, 39 and Kolawole Tope, 20.

Handing down the verdict on Thursday, trial judge, Bosede  Adesodun the convicts were of the charges of conspiracy and murder.

“Each of the defendants is found guilty of murder, robbery  and conspiracy and they are convicted as charged,” he said.

‘’In count 1, which is conspiracy, each of the defendants is sentenced to five years imprisonment without option of fine, while on murder and robbery charges, each of them is sentenced to death by hanging May God has mercy on their respective souls.”

The defendants were charged for offences bordering on conspiracy, armed robbery and murder, according to the prosecutor, Julius Ajibare.

Mr Ajibare said the defendants committed these offences between 12th April, 2017 and 5th December, 2017 while armed with guns.

They were said to have  robbed the victims, Wasiu Ayinde of his money, totalling N1,850,000 along Erinmope/Ayedun Ekiti Road, Adamo Ayinde, N1,450,000 along Orin/ Ido Ekiti Road, Liadhi Mukadam N1,530,000 along Otun Ekiti/Ilofa road and Fatai Arowolo of N2,200,000 along Ayedun/Omuo Ekiti road respectively. 

In his testimony before the court, one of the victims said, his phone was collected during one of the operations, which he reported to the police and was tracked, leading to their arrest and prosecution.

To prove his case, the prosecution who informed the court that the offences run contrary to section 516, 402 (2) and 319(1) of the Criminal Code , CAP C16, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, called five witnesses, and the exhibits tendered include statements of victims and defendants, petition written to the Commission of Police among others.

The defendants spoke through their counsels and called no witness.

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