By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
An Osun State High Court, Okuku Judiciary Division, on Wednesday, 17th December, 2014 sentenced two armed robbers to death for stealing fowl belonging to a police officer, Balogun Tope.
According to a statement by the Information Officer of Osun state Ministry of Justice, Mr. Opeyemi Bello, the convicts: Olowookere Segun and Morakinyo Sunday also stole some other items like broilers, eggs and kegs of vegetable oil belonging to one Alhaja Umani Oyewo in her house.
But the duo had pleaded not guilty to eight count charges pressed against them.
The charge include conspiracy, robbery and stealing contrary to Section 6(b) and 1(2)(a) of Robbery and Firearm (special provisions) Act, cap R 11 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section (390)(1) Criminal Code Law, Cap 34, Laws of Osun State, 2002.
The statement further disclosed that the prosecution team from the Ministry of Justice led by Solicitor General, Mrs. Abiola Adewemimo called six witnesses and tendered exhibits to prove its case.
Giving the facts of the case, the statement maintained that the accused persons forcefully broke into the house of one Balogun Tope, a police officer attached to divisional police headquarters, Okuku in April 2010 and carted away some of his belongings.
But on13th November, 2010, five men, were said to have been apprehended around Balogun’s house wielding cutlasses and a dane gun.
Two of them were said to have been arrested and later confessed that they actually stole fowls and admitted being the robbers that attacked the house in April, 2010.
The accused persons, according to the statement, also confessed to robbing one Alhaja Umani Oyewo in her house, stealing broilers, eggs and kegs of vegetable oil.
In his Judgment, Justice Jide Falola discharged the accused on first five of counts pressed against them but convicted them on the remaining three bothering on conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
Justice Falola sentenced them to death for act of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.