An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, on Monday, sentenced two men and two women to death by hanging after being found guilty of murder.
The convicts are Rashidat Abdul (f) 37, Oluwatosin Akarakiri (m)32, Abdulrasheed Mutairu (m) 22 and Iyoriochile Eromoina (f) 18 to death by hanging.
The quartet are to pay the supreme price for the unlawful killing of a 70-year-old mam, Samuel Oloyede, on 5th 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.
Justice Abodunde held: “I am persuaded that in the instant case, the prosecution have proved the ingredients of murder beyond reasonable doubt by convincing and compelling qualitative unbroken circumstantial evidence and I so hold.
“The sentence of the court upon the four accused persons, is that you be hanged by the neck until you be dead and may God have mercy on your souls.”
They were first arraigned on 12th February, 2018 when the charge was read and interpreted to them but pleaded not guilty.
Source: News update