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Two to die by hanging for stealing US$71, phones, other items in Nigeria

An Ekiti State High Court has sentenced two persons to death by hanging for theft

An Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti division, has sentenced two persons, Benjamin Joseph (32), and Stephen Orban (25), to death by hanging for robbing two persons of cash and valuable items.

The convicts were arraigned on 30 December 2022, on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and armed robbery.

The charge read, “On 16th August 2022 along Iluomoba Road, Aisegba Ekiti did conspire to commit a felony, to wit; armed robbery.

“As at the time of the robbery, they were armed with locally made guns, knives, and cutlasses and did rob Daramola Christiana and Ajayi Alaba of their belongings, such as phones, power banks, creams, drugs, ATM Cards, and N105,000 ($71.43) cash, among others.

“The offences are contrary to Sections 6(b) and 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap. RII, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004,” the charge stated.

In her testimony before the court, one of the victims, a trader, said that four armed men attacked them at a barricaded point at Aisegba Ekiti along Omuo – Ado Ekiti Road.

The victim said, “They collected our phones, power bank, other valuables, and a cash sum of N105,000.00 and ran into the bush. I was rescued by a sympathiser, but the driver drove back to Omuo and made a formal complaint to the police.”

The prosecutor, Ibironke Odetola, called six witnesses and tendered charms, phones, camouflage underwear, a hammer, three hoods, fake Dollar notes, and cutlasses among others as exhibits, while the defendants spoke in their defence through their lawyer, Adeyinka Opaleke, and called no witnesses.

In the judgement on Thursday (23 May 2024), Justice Blessing Ajileye, who said the prosecution proved the case beyond reasonable doubt that there was an armed robbery on 16th August 2022, found the two persons guilty.

The judge pronounced,  “Consequently, the sentence of this court upon Benjamin Joseph and Stephen Orban is that they are hanged by the neck until they are dead, may God have mercy on your souls”.

 

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