NIGERIA: 37-YEAR-OLD SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR BEHEADING MAN FOR RITUAL
July 9, 2020:
An Osun State High Court sitting in Ile-Ife on 7 July 2020 sentenced a 37-year-old man, Ogunyemi Oluleke, to death by hanging for murder. (Sources: The Eagle Online, 07/07/2020)
Oluleke was arraigned on 6 March 2013 on two-count charge of murder and conspiracy to murder contrary to Sections 319 and 324 of Criminal Code, Laws of Osun State.
The offences were allegedly committed at Iredunmi area of Ile-Ife and at Oketase area in Ile-Ife around 10am on 17 February 2010.
At about 10am on 17 February 2010, one Moshood Babalola was killed by cutting off his head with knife at Iredunmi area, Ile-Ife.
Babalola Sikiru lodged the complaint of his lost son (Moshood Babalola) at More Police Station, Ile-Ife on 18 February 2010.
The Prosecution Counsel from the Ministry of Justice, Tijani Adekilekun, called five witnesses and rendered several exhibits to prove the case.
Adekilekun also informed the court through one of his witnesses, Inspector Rasheedat Olanrewaju, was among the three policemen that went to a village in Agbedegbede area.
Olarewaju said her team went to the house of the convict for a search and during the search, they saw the decomposed body of one person.
In his additional statement after the discovery of deceased corpse in his house, Ogunyemi confessed that he killed Moshood Babalola for ritual.
Justice Adedotun Onibokun found the accused guilty of the charges preferred against him.