NIGERIA: FOUR PERSONS TO DIE BY HANGING FOR KILLING PENSIONER IN EKITI
May 12, 2020:
An Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti on 11 May 2020 sentenced two men and two women to death by hanging after finding them guilty of murder. (Sources: This Day, 12/05/2020)
The convicts are Rashidat Abdul (f), 37; Oluwatosin Akarakiri (m), 32; Abdulrasheed Mutairu (m), 22, and Iyoriochile Eromoina (f), 18, who were sentenced to death by hanging.
The quartet is to pay the supreme price for the unlawful killing of a 70-year-old man, Samuel Oloyede, on 5 April 2017, in Odo Owa Ekiti, Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
Justice Oluwatoyin Abodunde held that the prosecution has proved the case of murder against the convicts beyond reasonable doubt.
The judge ruled that the convicts, by killing the deceased, contravened Section 316 Criminal Code, Cap C 16, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria 2012 and Section 301(2) (2) of Ekiti State Criminal Justice Law 2014.
According to the witnesses, the deceased was a pensioner who operated a brothel in his personal house as a means of livelihood where all the accused persons also lived.
There was a misunderstanding between the deceased and accused persons on payments and sharing formula.
They testified further that the accused persons vacated the premises leaving the deceased missing and later found his dead body on the fourth day under heap of cloths with his hands tied.