22-year-old to die by hanging in Ekiti for armed robbery

An Ado-Ekiti high court yesterday sentenced one Alonge Ajayi, 22, to death by hanging for armed robbery.

Justice Lekan Ogunmoye held that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts and consequently found Ajayi guilty as charged.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 22-year-old robbed with guns on October 30, 2017, at Ikere, Ekiti.

He was arraigned on February 27, 2018, on a count charge of armed robbery but he pleaded not guilty.

According to the prosecutor, Folashade Abe, a police inspector, Ajayi and two others had a gun duel with the police during which two of the robbers were killed and the convict arrested alongside his motorcycle.

Abe said the gun duel happened some months after the convict and the others robbed one Henry Afolayan and his family members of phones, N100,000 and other valuables as they were returning from church service.

She said the armed robbers also came on a motorcycle. According to her, one of the phones was recovered from the convict when he was arrested, adding that two guns were recovered from him.

To prove the case, the prosecution represented by Kola Kolade, called four witnesses and tendered exhibits including the two guns, five live cartridges, phones and one Bajaj motorcycle and a statement from the convict.

The convict was represented by Kayode Oyeyemi, who did not call any witness for his defence.

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