Ondo: Pastor, Five Others Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Robbing First Bank, Diamond Bank

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JUSTICE Yemi Fasanmi of an Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure, the state capital has sentenced six persons to death over their involvement in bank robberies which took place in Akure and Idanre in 2011.

The convicts included a pastor, Adewale Adelu, and five others – Ikechuckwu Maduagwu, Fayemi Olubusuyi, Ropo Adeleye, Dele Otopka, and Bayo Omotosho.

They were found guilty of robbing two commercial banks on 19 November and 8 December 2011 in Akure and Idanre respectively. They were arrested by the men of the state police command and were charged in court.

The court delivered its judgment yesterday Tuesday 20 February 2024.

The convicts were arraigned before the court on four counts of charges bothering on conspiracy, armed robbery, and illegal possession of firearms and were later remanded in Olokuta Correctional Centre.

The prosecuting counsel, F.K Salami, told the court that the convicts and others were “armed with AK 47 guns, dynamite, and other weapons at Oyemekun Road, Akure, conspired to attack and robbed a branch of Diamond Bank Plc, after which they went away with a sum of N30 million and different brand of phones, including other valuable property.

“The convicts on 8 December 2011, at 2 pm, were also alleged to have robbed First Bank Plc at Yaba Road, Idanre, where they carted away another sum of N4 million.”

According to the prosecution, “the offences contravene Section 6b, 1 2a, and b of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap R11, Vol. 14 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.” 

There were arguments from both the prosecuting and defence counsel at various court proceedings on the matter while witnesses were also called to the court to testify.

Delivering judgment on Tuesday,  Justice Fasanmi held that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt. The judge also held that the defendants were unanimous in their confessions and the role each of them played in the robberies. To this end, Justice Fasanmi “sentenced all the defendants to death by hanging in each of the counts.” 

 

Eighteen-Eleven Media 

 

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