Seven Persons to Die by Hanging for Killing Business Man in Ondo

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An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure,the state capital, on Thursday, sentenced  seven persons to death by hanging for killing a business man,  Mr.  Banji Adafin.

The seven convicted persons had in July 2017 stormed the residence of Mr. Adafin along Akure/Owo expressway and shot him dead in front of his wife and made away with his property.

The deceased was said to have just arrived from an oversea trip.

The aeven convicted persons are: Jimoh Sodiq a.k.aAkamo, Blessing Ogunlade, Yomi Balogun a.k.aRegal, OluwaseunOluwalola a.k.a Iyan, Akeem Adedayo, Oso John Omoniyi a.k.aBosco and SodiqBabatunde.

They were found guilty of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit murder and for illegal possession of firearms.

Justice Samuel Bola, while delivering the judgement said that the prosecuting counsel and officials of the Department of State Services(DSS) had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the seven young men robbed and killed the U.S based man when he came for vacation in July, 2017.

In the judgement that lasted for four hours,  Justice Bola said the offenders committed the offences in contrary to the robbery and Firearms Act, laws of the Federation (2004) and the Criminal Code, laws of Ondo state (2006).

The court also sentenced to one-year imprisonment, the eighth offender, Damilola Samuel a.k.a Mama who was the girlfriend of one of the convicts, for allegedly aiding and keeping incriminating materials.

Justice Bola said the punishments would run concurrently.

Reacting, counsels to the convicted persons, Abdulrahman Yusuf and Samuel Aiyesa, said the Judgement would be challenged at the Court of Appeal after thorough reviewing.

Also speaking, the government's lawyer, Grace Olowoporoku, who represented the State Attorney General, Mr Adekola Olawoyecommended the verdict as a justice for the family of the killed business man.

The wife of the deceased testified before the court that the robbers made away with items such as; 2 Samsung Plasma Television sets, her husband's Samsung phone, one techno phone and electric pressing iron.

According to the prosecutor, DSS official, OlajiriFadipe, while six of them were actively involved in the armed robbery, the seventh accused person had supplied the firearms while having no registered license to do such.

He disclosed further that the female among them, Damilola Samuel a.k.a Mama was alleged to have aided in removing the plasma television, laptops and other incriminating materials suspected to be stolen goods from the residence of the 2nd defendant, Blessing Ogunlade.

In her statement, Damilola Samuel had confessed that she was in a relationship with the second defendant which had made her do his bidding when he asked her to remove some incriminating items from his home.

Justice Bola said the punishments would run concurrently.

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