In a definitive verdict, the Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti has sentenced four men to death for the heinous crime of armed robbery, etching a stark reminder of the consequences of such actions. The convicts—Segun Friday, Tijani Seun, Ogunyemi Olarewaju, and Adebayo Tope—were found guilty of both conspiracy and armed robbery, culminating in the harsh but lawful penalty.
The incident, which occurred on December 24, 2018, unfolded at Irare Village, Erinmope in the Moba Local Government Area of Ekiti State. The four men, armed with offensive weapons including a piece of wood, robbed Adeleke Abiodun of his Bajaj motorcycle.
Abiodun recounted his harrowing experience, detailing how the assailants strangled him and forcibly took his motorcycle. Following the ordeal, he sought help from a passing couple, triggering the local villagers' pursuit of the robbers.
Arrest and Trial
Through concerted efforts, the villagers managed to capture one of the robbers, leading to the subsequent arrest of the other gang members by the police. Despite these successful arrests, the stolen motorcycle remains unaccounted for.
The prosecution, helmed by Julius Ajibare, presented three witnesses and submitted the defendants' confessional statements as evidence. In a surprising move, the defense, represented by counsel Adeyinka Opaleke, decided against calling any witnesses.