NIGERIA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING FOR ARMED ROBBERY
February 4, 2021:
An Abeokuta High Court on 3 February 2021 sentenced a 33-year-old man, Ibrahim Toyin, to death by hanging for robbing a woman of her handbag at gunpoint. (Sources: The Guardian, 03/02/2021)
Justice Ayokunle Rotimi-Balogun delivering her judgment held that all the evidence tendered had convinced the court beyond a reasonable doubt that Ibrahim committed the offences as charged.
She, subsequently, sentenced Ibrahim to death by hanging.
Earlier during the trial, the police had charged Ibrahim with two counts bordering on conspiracy and armed robbery.
Ibrahim, however, pleaded not guilty to the offences when he was initially charged.
At the trial, the Prosecution Counsel, Mrs Margret Sodeke, had told the court that Ibrahim committed the offences on 26 August 2012, at about 10:00 p.m., at Powerline junction, Sabo area of Sagamu.
She said that Ibrahim and others still at large conspired and robbed one Titilayo Eniola of her handbag containing some valuable items.