Armed Robbery: Court sentences two persons to death by hanging in Osun

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An Osun High Court on Wednesday sentenced persons to death by hanging for armed robbery and conspiracy.

The Presiding Judge, Jide Falola, had ordered that the convicts be hanged due to the magnitude of the offense committed.

The convicts are facing a five-count charge bordering on armed robbery, conspiracy and theft preferred against them.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the judgement was delivered at the Ilesa Correctional Center during the Prison visit of the Osun Chief Judge, Adeleke Ojo.

Falola had earlier found the convicts guilty of the five-count charges after thorough judicial proceeding and arguments from the counsel.

The State Counsel, Mr Muyiwa Ogunleye, had told the court that the convicts committed the offense on April 14, 2016 at Oke-Ola area, at about 8p.m.

He said the convicts conspired among themselves with others, now at large, to rob Muideen Owonifari, Clement Taiwo and Olubunmi of property and money.

“The convicts who had a list of targets normally tick the list once their target is taken off from investigation.

“They robbed, assaulted and also stole some valuables and huge amount of money belonging to the complainants at gun point,” he said.

The counsel said the offense contravened sections 1 (1)(2)(a) robbery and firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R 11 laws of Nigeria, 2004.

The defense counsel, Mr L. Bello, had earlier prayed the court to tamper with in sentencing the accused.