A High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State has sentenced a 40-year-old man, Kayode Adedeji, to death by hanging for robbing a woman of N3,420.
The accused was slammed with the sentence on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – more than 8 years after the crime was committed.
According to the prosecuting counsel from the state ministry of justice, Elisabeth Alabi, on April 25, 2009 Mr. Adedeji robbed one Omowumi Adebayo at Bolorunduro area in Ilesa of the money armed with a knife at midnight.
The prosecution also told the court that the robber also had other dangerous weapons during his attack on Mrs. Adebayo’s residence.
Mr. Adedeji was said to have fled the scene of the robbery but was trailed and arrested by some members of the Oodua Peoples Congress in the area.
He pleaded not guilty to the one count charge of armed robbery when he was arraigned about eight years ago and was granted bail.
However, the prosecution disclosed to the court that the convict abused the bail privilege by committing another offence which led to his remand in Ilesa prison.
She ruled that the offence was against the law and punishable under Section 11(2)(A) CAPR II, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.
In her ruling, the presiding judge, Kudirat Akano, found the accused guilty of the crime and convicted him.
Though the defence counsel, Tunde Adedokun, pleaded with the judge to be lenient and merciful in her judgment, she, however, ordered that Adedeji be put to death by hanging.