By ALO ABIOLA, ADO-EKITI
An Ado-Ekiti High Monday sentenced two men, Michael Adams and Abass Mutiu to death by hanging after they were found guilty of armed robbery and murder.
The duo, according to the Ekiti state Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, were convicted for committing armed robbery contrary to Section (1) 2 (a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2014.
Justice Daramola also held that the defendants were found guilty of murder contrary to Section 316 (1) punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ekiti State, 2015 and murder as captured on the charge sheet.
The Judge who ruled that the convicts will face the supreme punishment for committing the crime subsequently ordered that they be hanged on the neck until life goes out of them for the killing of Ojo Adebola.
Adams and Mutiu, according to the charge, committed the offences on 22nd January, 2014 at Fiyinfolu Avenue, off Ilawe Road, Ado-Ekiti when they robbed one Arowosere Kabiru of N12,800 while armed with dangerous weapons like guns and cutlasses.
The two who in the course of their robbery operation murdered one Ojo Adebola and were arraigned in court for the first time on 1st March, 2016 when the charges were read to them they pleaded not guilty.
A legal officer from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mrs. D. Oyewole, called four witnesses to prove the case.
Tendered as exhibits are the statement of the accused, Indian hemp, two motorcycles, cutlasses, cartridges, photographs of the deceased and photographs of the parade of the convicts by the police.
The accused persons were led in evidence by the State Director of Legal Aid Council, Mr. Olaitan Adeloye.
One of the eyewitnesses among the victims of the attack identified the accused persons at the identification parade conducted by the state police command.