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Abdulsalam Adinoyi, a self confessed member of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, has been sentenced to death by hanging.

The sentence was handed down by Lekan Ogunmoye, judge of Ekiti State High Court, in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday.

Mr Adinoyi was charged and arraigned on a five-count charge bothering on armed robbery, murder, terrorism and unlawful possession of firearms.

In his judgment, Mr Ogunmoye said that the prosecution had proved his case beyond reasonable doubt against the defendant, thus, implying his culpability in all the charges against him.

According to the charge, Abdulsalam Adinoyi who hails from Okene in Kogi State, between 22nd of December, 2016 and 20th March, 2017 while armed with gun, attacked and robbed Gana Jiya, a police sergeant and other police officers at Check Point in Oye Ekiti,

He was said to have murdered Mr Jiya on the spot while other the other police officers on duty sustained serious degree of gun wounds.

He was accused of carting away two AK-47 assault riffles and launched terrorism attack on the people of Ekiti State and it’s environs,

Mr Adinoyi confessed to be a member of Boko Haram and in possession of AK-47.

Mr Adinoyi’s offences were said to be contrary to sections 1 (2) (a) and 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap C16, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, as well as Sections 316 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap C16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012 and Sections 11 and 12 of the Ekiti State Kidnapping and Terrorism (Prohibition Law), 2015.

”The sole issues for determination are accordingly resolved in favour of the prosecution,” the judge said.

“The defendant is hereby found guilty as charged, he is accordingly sentenced to death by hanging in counts 1, 2 and 3, may Almighty God have mercy on his soul.

“He is also sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in count 4 and ten years imprisonment in count 5 with N10,000.00 as an option of fine, he concluded.’’

In his confessional statement, Adinoyi said, members of his group named Abu Uwais and Aminu a.k.a. Idi-Amin, now at large were planning for an operation, when police officers came to his house, which was searched and the AK-47 rifle was recovered among other items.

To prove his case, the prosecutor, Gbemiga Adaramola, called five witnesses including police officers who were at the scene while exhibits tendered included an AK-47 Assault rifle, statement of the defendants and the victims, photographs, Compact Discs containing Boko Haram trainings, 5 Sim Cards and packs, flash drives, empty bullet shells, medical reports among others.

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